Assures farmers of off-takers
By: Bamidele Fashube
ADEOLA Odedina, Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture has assured farmers of better productivity even as he announced that 80 per cent of farmers in the state cultivate maize and cassava with ready-made off-takers.
He disclosed this on Sunday stressing that the state is prioritising the use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) and modern mechanisation to attract youths to the sector.
“About 80 per cent of farmers in Ogun state grow maize and cassava and the four main buyers of cassava are based in the state, so you won’t be wrong if you grow them,” Odedina stated while rolling out the agric ministry’s plan for the year.
In a statement issued by Ahmed Taofeek, Press Officer of the Ministry, he encouraged youths interested in the sector to renew their commitment, assuring them of greater success.
“There are two things you must put into consideration if you want people, especially the youths to embrace agriculture and these are ICT and mechanisation. These, we have taken care of by ensuring that ICT was included in all our youths-based agricultural programmes,” it reads in part.
“You can use ICT to monitor your farm, as well as mechanise every aspect of your production while the farmer only monitors.”
“Another thing you cannot take away from modern-day agriculture is technology and competitiveness, this underscores our linkage with all these variables, which helps in increasing productivity, thus giving the farmers edge in terms of ready market for their produce among others.”
He also applauded the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) of the Federal Government especially in the area of rice cultivation and Cocoa, attributing some of the successes recorded in the state to the scheme.
“We will be moving to other areas, we will expand our Anchor Borrowers Programme with the Ogun Broiler Project and others. You will recall that because of the success of the Broiler project, the governor has graciously approved its replication in all the 20 Local Council Areas of the state,” he stated.