Ogun State Govt. Boosts Rice Production

Channels Television  
Updated May 17, 2013

The Ogun State government has supplied and installed two sets of rice processing equipment at Moloko-Asipa in Obafemi Owode Local Government and Ago-Iwoye in Ijebu-North Local Government Areas to boost rice production in the state.

Also to enhance the growth of crops, the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration has carried out farm mechanisation services and sold over 500 metric tons of different brands of fertilizers to farmers at approved subsidised rates.

Briefing journalists during a news conference on the efforts so far made by the government, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, disclosed that government had through the Fadama III project affected the lives of beneficiaries positively and created jobs for rural women and youth.

According to her, “Because government has remained committed to prompt payment of counterpart funds for the Fadama III project, income of beneficiaries has increased by 61.4% and income from value addition to agricultural production by 25.4%, while 90.8% Fadama farmers have access to market information on inputs and agricultural outputs. The activities of various Fadama User Groups (FUGs) and Fadama Community Associations (FCAs) have also created 19,963 jobs in rural areas for 8,800 women and 1,500 youths”.

She added that following the payment of N143.5m counterpart fund by the state government which covered 2009-2012, the Fadama communities had drawn a total of N413.5m of the International Developmental Association (IDA) funds for developmental activities such as the construction of culvert and bore-holes.