From: AgroNature Admin
THE Ogun State Government has established a weed-free, fully-mechanised cassava demonstration farm to serve as a model and training centre for cassava farmers in its Anchor Borrowers Programme.
Dr Adeola Odedina, the State Commissioner for Agriculture made the disclosure while monitoring the demonstration farm at Odeda Farm Institute, Eweje, Ogun.
He stressed the need to train cassava farmers on a modern and mechanised system of farming.
Odedina noted that the state government was handling one of the biggest cassava Anchor Borrowers (ABP) programme in the country, targeted at boosting cassava production.
His words: “We are here to monitor activities of the state’s Cassava Revolution Programme; we are handling one of the biggest Cassava Anchor Borrowers programmes in the country. Some weeks back, the governor linked 2,500 participants with land, credit, inputs and off-takers.
“We also have another 2,500 hectares meant for young people. The Ogun State Cassava Revolution Programme is the organ that has the mandate of taking off demonstration farms. The implication is that, for everybody participating in the state’s Cassava Anchor Borrowers Programme, it must be like this. You have all witnessed how we used technology to establish this farm.”
Odedina, who was accompanied by some top management staff of the ministry, assured beneficiaries of a well-organised farming environment.
“Just like what is obtained in the farm where there is no weed and is well-organised, after planting, beneficiaries can go and sleep, then come back and harvest. We appreciate the governor for funding cassava revolution in the state,” he added.
The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Dotun Sorunke, said the essence of setting up the centre was to encourage and engage youth to develop interests in farming.
He added that the mandate of the state’s cassava revolution programme would also focus more on training, research and product development, especially along the cassava value chain.
He disclosed that the ministry had also cleared lands in 17 different locations across the state for 2,500 farmers between the ages of 18 and 40.
“We have already cleared land for 2,500 farmers between the ages of 18 and 40 to capture a substantial number of our youth farmers, who will come here for training”, he said.
Also speaking, the Programme Coordinator, Ogun State Cassava Revolution Programme, Mrs Kehinde Jokotoye, said the demonstration farm, which is an eight hectares cassava farm, would be of great help in training young farmers.