The Ogun State Government has disclosed that Anchor Borrowers Programme (APB), would be beneficial to communities that voluntarily donate lands to support the agriculture revolution programme.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture , Dr. Dotun Sorunke, made this known while defending year 2020 budget of the Ministry at the House of Assembly Conference Hall, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, pointing out that about 17,000 hectares of land had been voluntarily donated by different communities across the State for the Programme to show support for the Government’s bid to make the State self- sufficient in food production.
‘’ 17,000 hectares of land had been donated by different communities across the State and it would be win-win for the host communities because it is just like they released their land for government to help them clear it. The land would be allocated to the people from communities that registered for the Programme’’, he added.
He stated that the Ministry would expend N16.701bn, representing 93.77 percent of its total budget, to revamp the agriculture sector, thereby creating employment opportunities for the teeming youths, provide raw material for agro-allied industries, and increase food productivity.
According to Sorunke, other items in the budget include; purchase of drugs and vaccines, laboratory and medical supplies, maintenance of transport equipment, maintenance of plantation and pasture, agricultural consulting, among others for the next fiscal year.
He further hinted that the Ministry’s developmental programmes such as the development of safety management system, intensification of food safety and hygiene practices, as well as capacity building on climate change among others, would boost agricultural produce and reduce rural-urban migration.