••• Over 160 Farmers from Ibarapa LGAs Enrolled in an Ongoing Distribution Event.

Ninety legitimate farmers and residents of Ido Local Government within Oyo state have been encouraged to effectively utilize the agricultural resources provided to them. The aim is to align with the food security goals set forth by Engr. Seyi Makinde, the state’s Governor. The agricultural inputs were distributed at the Ido Local Government secretariat, where Hon. Sheriff Aderemi Adeojo, the council’s executive chairman, praised Governor Makinde’s praiseworthy commitment to ensuring sustainable food production across the state’s diverse regions.

Hon. Sheriff Adeojo emphasized that these agricultural provisions were a part of the state’s response to support farmers impacted by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He expressed gratitude to Governor Makinde for his invaluable backing of the farming community and highlighted the potential positive impact on crop yields due to the resources provided.

Acknowledging the significance of farming in Ido Local Government, Hon. Sheriff Adeojo informed the beneficiaries of a farmer training program at the local government secretariat. He extended an offer to those not yet enrolled to join the program without any cost, ensuring that they benefit from farming innovations and mechanized techniques.

For the beneficiaries of the distributed inputs, a call to make effective use of these resources was stressed. It was noted that such action would not only enhance their individual produce but also contribute to the overarching goal of achieving food security throughout the state.

Looking ahead, Hon. Sheriff Adeojo assured those yet to receive the assistance that their turn would come. He highlighted the Governor’s commitment to assist an additional 10,000 farmers as part of measures to mitigate the impacts of fuel subsidy removal.

Providing details, Mr. Kolawole Adewumi Bamigbola, the state coordinator for Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-Cares) Result Area 2 disclosed that 90 beneficiaries in Ido Local Government included 80 cassava farmers and 10 tomato farmers. Each cassava farmer received 20 bundles of cassava cuttings, along with 2 bags of NPK fertilizer and 1 liter of herbicide. The ten tomato farmers received 25 sachets of tomato seeds, 1.5 bags of fertilizer, 1 liter of pre-emergence herbicide, and 1 liter of post-emergence herbicide.

Additionally, Mr. Kolawole noted the allocation of resources to farmers in other local government areas, such as Eruwa, Ibarapa East, and Aiyete. He cited the number of beneficiaries and the respective inputs received, spanning cassava, maize, and tomato farming.

In total, across 12 local government areas, which include Iwajowa LG, Kajola LG, Iseyin LG, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa North, Ido LG, Saki East, Oorelope LG, Olorunsogo LG, Oriire, Ogbomoso South, and Surulere LG, there have been 965 genuine farmers supported. This group encompasses maize, tomato, cassava, and rice farmers, including YEAP beneficiaries.

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