By: Bamidele Fashube
About 3,102 rice-farmers in Ekiti State received farm inputs worth over N820million under the Central Bank of Nigeria/Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers Programme, the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Olabide Adetoyi, on Tuesday disclosed.
He said each of the benefitting farmers paid a counterpart fund of N21,000 and was allocated one hectare of land in a cluster,
Adetoye stated this at Aisegba-Ekiti in Gbonyin Council area of the state during an inspection tour of farms.
According to him, the beneficiaries got inputs such as rice seed, pre- and post-emergence chemicals, rice selective herbicides, organic and inorganic fertilisers, pesticides, knapsack sprayers and water pumping machines all valued N264,400.
He said that development was a fulfilment of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s promise to boost food security and make the State a leader in rice production in the country.
Adetoyi advised farmers interested in participating in the government’s agricultural scheme to register with the state Ministry of Agriculture to benefit from various opportunities created by the Fayemi administration.