The Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), has commenced opening of bank account for verified subscribers across the 20 Local Government Areas of Ogun State, in preparation for the planting season.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Dotun Sorunke, who led the monitoring team to some Local Government Areas, including Abeokuta South, Abeokuta North, Odeda, Yewa-North and Imeko-Afon, expressed satisfaction at the turnout of farmers, saying it was necessary for the next phase of the programme, as they had also been linked with Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).
Dr. Sorunke assured the subscribers of the provision of improved and certified seedlings from credible sources for optimum outputs, adding that their farms would be insured against unforeseen circumstances.
He expressed satisfaction at the level of land clearing in Apojula, Odeda Local Government Area, which would be allotted to verified cassava farmers under ABP, stating that the scheme was targeted at capturing farmers across the 20 LGAs in the State.
Contributing, the Project Manager, Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP), and Secretary of the ABP, Ms Taiwo Ayansanwo, encouraged more farmers to embrace the scheme to increase their productivity thereby, reducing poverty, assuring that it would not be limited to cassava farmers, but all other aspects of farming.
“Access to lands and seedlings will not be limited to cassava farmers, but all other aspects of agricultural value-chain. We will soon train farmers on good agronomic practices for maximum yield”, she assured.
Giving assessment of the exercise, the Head of Retail Cluster, Wema Bank, Adedeji Osibeluwo, said it was a huge success, as the report from his teams across the State showed that, all verified subscribers had been issued account numbers.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government, Prince Tunde Tella and Secretary to Imeko-Afon Local Government, Mr. Oluwasegun Olalotan, pledged to provide necessary support while the operation lasts, appreciating Governor Abiodun for putting grassroots’ farmers into consideration.
The Baale Agbe of Imeko-Afon, Chief Abdullasisi Adedayo, disclosed that it was the first time farmers in Imeko-Afon would be assessing funds for their farming, commending the orderly manner the exercise was conducted.
In their separate submissions, Adedeji Yakubu, representing youth farmers from Ogun West and Pastor Tolulope Taiwo from Abeokuta North, expressed delight at the scheme, urging youths to embrace agriculture.