• Monday, July 22, 2024
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Ondo begins 2024 planting season as farmers receive farm inputs

Ogun moves to incentivise 160,000 farmers on food crops production

The Ondo State Government has flagged off the 2024 planting season and distribution of inputs to farmers in order to encourage local farming and promote food sufficiency in the State.

Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the State Governor, while interacting with farmers at the event, said his Administration had done a lot to alleviate the challenges confronting farmers in the State by creating a conducive and enabling environment for them to operate.

Aiyedatiwa, who spoke through his deputy, Olayide Adelami, noted that his Administration had continued to commit enormous resources to the agricultural agencies to enable them to achieve their core mandates.

He said; “the State Government under the Ondo CARES programme has distributed agricultural inputs, ranging from cassava stem, fertilizers, seeds and seedlings, including poultry feed and fingerlings, worth N317,980,200 to farmers

“We have also distributed agricultural inputs and assets, under Ondo CARES programme, to a total of 20,556 farmers, comprising of youths, women and vulnerable people”.

Earlier, Olayato Aribo, Commissioner for Agriculture, said the event was an annual ceremony where the Government acquaints farmers with agricultural opportunities and support them with improved varieties of crops, livestock and planting materials, among others.

He, therefore, thanked the governor for the approval of funds to raise 80,000 seedlings of exotic and indigenous species for plantation establishment, which were being transplanted to the field this year.