The Ogun State Government has renewed its commitment in making the State a focal point for agricultural produce and exportation of various kinds produce as it identifies agriculture as a top pillar for the advancement of economic development.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who made this known at the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) meeting, held at the Trade Fair Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that his administration was ready to give maximum support to farmers, while creating enabling environment for them.
Represented by the Consultant to the Governor on Agriculture, Mrs. Angel Adelaja Kuye, the State’s helmsman stated that farmers would have access to funding through the Anchors Borrowers Programme, which had not been accessed since the inception of the programme.
“We have been working hand-in-hand with the farmers to know their experience and their needs. They are doing what is required of them in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture to help aggregate and develop the plight of the farmers, to be able to present it to the Central Bank of Nigeria. The issue of farmers not being able to access funds, access to quality feeds, seedlings and fertilizers should not be an issue. We are here to strengthen the extension workers”, the Governor said.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye noted that the current administration was ready to empower the youths and reduce unemployment among them through agriculture.
While requesting for empowerment programmes for women farmers, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Prince Segun Dasaolu, appealed to the State Government to create cocoa reserve to increase the productivity of the cocoa farmers, saying fish farmers in the State remain the best in the country.