No fewer than 469 Farmers under the Ogun State Anchor Borrowers Programme across the State, have been linked with agricultural inputs to further boost farming activities.

Flagging-off the distribution at the State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP’s) Head Office in Idi Aba, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, said the phase was in collaboration with the State Government, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, (NIRSAL).

The Commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr. Dotun Sorunke, assured that Government would not relent in assisting farmers in terms of training, innovation, mechanisation and extension services, among others.

“It is indeed another demonstration of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration’ resolve to revamp the agricultural sector. Apart from these inputs, we are also supporting them with training, innovation, mechanisation, as well as, extension services so they can get the expected yield and we will continue to leverage on the opportunities provided by CBN and other development partners”, he said.

Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Angel Adelaja-Kuye, maintained that the State would continue to collaborate with development partners to enhance capacity of the farmers, saying, “the Governor has vowed to make everything possible to ensure that farmers have all they need to be connected to inputs, land and other support services’’.

On her part, the Head, Development Finance, CBN, Mrs. Oluyemisi Olukoya, assured that the scheme would soon be extended to other commodities, charging farmers to work towards timely repayment, so that other farmers could benefit.

“Apart from the distribution, we have been aggregating list of farmers’ cooperatives, under the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and those that are not part of the Association have also been well coordinated and registered to also benefit”, she said.

In his goodwill message, the State Chairman, AFAN, Prince Olusegun Dasaolu, represented by the Youth President of the Association, Olorunshola Osasona, appreciated government for facilitating the inputs, urging his colleagues to make good use of them.

Items distributed included; herbicides, different sizes of maize seedlings, pesticides and fertlisers, among others.