To further support the over 3,500 cassava farmers under its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, the State Ministry of Agriculture, Anchor Borrowers Steering Committee, House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture and the Cassava Growers Association of Nigeria (CGAN), have embarked on joint monitoring and contact tracing to various farm location across the State.
Leading the Team to Otete, as well as Idagba communities in Aiyetoro, Yewa North Local Government to monitor 74 hectares Cassava farm of some beneficiaries, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina said the exercise was to further monitor the farmers, to get desired yield.
He said the exercise would continue till September 2020, in order to cover all LGAs, where beneficiaries had planted, some preparing land, and those awaiting rainfall to commence further Agricultural practice under the scheme, reiterating that the Programme was the largest and exemplary, guiding its farmers from start to finish.
“Ogun State Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), in relation to the vision of His Excellency, will continue to be exemplary and transparent. These groups of farmers that have been linked, are planting on their own farms, late in the season. The linkage will equally continue for farmers requiring land and the process is ongoing.
Odedina expressed satisfaction at the rate of expertise displayed by the farmers, who have been trained by Extension Agents of the Ministry on modern ways agronomic practices.
“This is one of the finest cassava farms in Africa. I am happy we are running an exemplary Anchor Borrowers’ Programme. It is only in Ogun State that we can trace each of the 3,500 beneficiaries of ABP because we are working with a visionary Governor. We want to ensure that the farmers actually grow cassava, make profits and pay back the loan to CBN”, he said.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Dr. (Mrs.) Angel Adelaja-Kuye, described ABP as a scheme that would empower and transform local farmers into commercial farmers, calling on youth to take advantage of the opportunity towards self-sustenance.
In their separate remarks, Deputy Chairman, Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, Hon. Yusuf Adejojo and member representing Yewa North 1 State Constituency, Hon. Adeyanju Adegoke posited that for a nation to develop, the people must improve themselves and ABP was the right platform that would increase farm yields using the mechanised system.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Kunle Fashola and Falana Adijat, expressed delight at success recorded so far, saying the trainings, supports and empowerment given to them have made them better farmers, with hope of better profiting, appreciating the government and other stakeholders for shortlisting them without tribal or religious bias.