The Ogun State in collaboration with the Federal Government and World Bank has acquired agricultural equipment under the third National FADAMA Development Project to increase food production in the state.
The procured equipment’s are four tractors and implements as well as a mini rice combined harvester.
Adepeju Adebajo, commissioner for agriculture was represented by Steve Ipinniwa, ministry permanent secretary at the commissioning of the first FADAMA agricultural equipment hiring centre at Oke-Eri, Ijebu North East, said that the facilities are being replicated at Sawonjo in Yewa North Local Government Area, and will be commissioned soon.
Ipiniwa added that these mechanization facilities if well managed will contribute greatly to agricultural transformation of the State thereby ensuring food security and industrialization of the State in particular and Nigeria in general.
Also, Mathew Adebayo, acting State project coordinator, appreciated the state government’s effort in paying the fund required for the state contribution for agricultural development referred to as the State counterpart fund.
He however urged the beneficiaries to manage the equipment judiciously, adding that with all the facilities and infrastructure, food security, industrialization and employment are assured.