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Thursday, February 13, 2020

50,000 Farmers In Ogun Register For Anchor Borrowers Programme



 A total of 50,000 youths and other categories of farmers in Ogun State have registered for the Anchor Borrowers' Programme (ABP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria.


A breakdown and categorisation of the registered farmers showed that  23,730 were captured for cassava; 3,375 for rice; maize had a total of 3,000, while poultry and cotton, recorded 8,875 and 2,000, respectively.


The Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr.  Adeola Odedina, disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Assembly Committee on Agriculture at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.


Odedina was there  for a familiarization talk with the state lawmakers, where he  highlightted the benefits the farmers would get from the programme to include; industrial linkage with investors, aggregation of farmers with industries, extension support, intervention programme, as well as linking them, especially the young ones, with market and opportunities.


Other benefits, he said include training in the various localities, provision of farmlands to the over 8,000 farmers, who do not have farmlands across the three Senatorial Districts and ensuring that farmers were not deprived of the intervention programmes, among others.


The Commissioner assured that the Ministry would be involved in Public Private Partnership (PPP), with a view to reviving rice Mills and moribund plantations in the State.

According to him, this would open a vista of other agricultural opportunities to be  be propelled by credit and donor agencies.


The Commissioner noted that the Ministry would be injecting a value chain opportunity to  take large number of unemployed youths per Local Government, for training in efficiency of production, networking and collaboration.

He said: "We want to create entrepreneurs, people who will venture on product development and other value chain business."

Speaking earlier, the quartet of the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Oludare Kadiri, the Committee Chairman and Vice Chairman, Sylvester Abiodun and Yusuf Adejojo, respectively, called for more collaboration, expressing the hope that more rural dwellers would be captured in the ABP.

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