Ogun Govt. Prepares Farmland For Rice, Cassava Production

ogun stateThe Ogun state government, said it has prepared over 16,000 hectares of farmland for the cultivation of rice and cassava in the 2017 planting season.

This is to help agricultural production for food sufficiency.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Adepeju Adebajo made this known while disbursing over 36million Naira to seven Fadama groups in the first phase of funds disbursement for rice and cassava production.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Stephen Ipiniwa, asked the beneficiaries to key into the Central Bank Anchor Borrowers Scheme to increase their productivity.

He also restated the state government’s commitment towards increasing agricultural based economy of the state, by making available different platforms and windows for assisting farmers for positive effects on the state economy.

IFAD President Advocates Right Policies For Agric Development

IFAD President Advocates Right Policies For Agric DevelopmentThe President of International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Mr Kanayo Nwanze, has challenged the federal government to create the right policies for the development of Agriculture in Nigeria.

He said that the provision of the necessary infrastructure for seamless production and transportation would add great value to the sector.

He was speaking in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria, while visiting a private farm at Iboro in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state.

“I think the nation has awoken to the fact that oil does not feed people.

“We have not gotten better; some people have gotten richer but the population has gotten poorer.

“We have to go back to basics and the basics and fundamentals for Nigeria’s development is agriculture,” he said.

The IFAD President said it was a shame that Nigeria spends a lot of money on unnecessary food importation into the country.

He warned that government must avoid policy somersaults in order to fully tap into the agricultural value chains for national development.

“I think we make the mistake by thinking government would do all.

“Government has primary responsibility – the right policies and social investments.

“They must provide basic social requirements – good roads, energy, electricity, water and access to financial services.”

While expressing the resolve to partner with government in the production of maize, sorghum and rice, he called on Nigerians to take advantage of government policies.

“The population has a responsibility to take advantage of those opportunities.

“Government cannot provide jobs for Nigeria’s 175 million people. It is impossible.

“If a government employs more than 15% of its population , it will go bankrupt,” he said.

 

Food Security: FG Promises To Tackle Climate Change    

food security, climate change, World Food DayThe Nigerian government has raised concerns about the negative effects of climate change, which it says is posing serious threat to food security, especially in developing nations, including Nigeria.

According to the Minister of State for Agriculture, Mr Heineken Lokpobiri, the government is poised to tackle the menace as part of steps aimed at ensuring food production.

The Minister made the remark at a forum to mark the 2016 World Food Day in Abuja.

The focus of the event was how to mitigate the effects of climate change on food production.

Prior to the Minister’s speech, the country’s representative for the International Funds for Agricultural Development, Mr Mohammed Lawal drew attention to how recent flooding in some parts of Nigeria has affected farmers.

food security, climate change, World Food Day

The Chairman of the House of Reps Committee on Agriculture, also explained some intervention that mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

He said that the House has created a committee dedicated to look at issues that concern climate change.

Then the Minister of State for Agriculture reaffirmed government’s determination to tackle climate change.

“In line with global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emission, the President on September 22, 2016 signed the Paris Agreement, which essentially seeks to reduce global warming to below 2%,” he said.

Ogun State Partners With IFAD On Rice, Cassava Production

Ogun, IFADThe Ogun State government is partnering with the International Funds for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to develop about 500,000 hectres of farmland in three local government areas for rice and cassava production.

The development is part of the aggressive plans of the state government towards widening its economic base.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun made the partnership known while addressing the members of the IFAD delegation on Friday in Ogun State in southwest Nigeria.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration towards agricultural development and its value chain in rice and cassava production.

In his response, the leader of the delegation, Dr. Samuel Iremi, commended the effort of the state government and expressed the organisation’s willingness to effectively partner with the Ogun State government.

Ogun Govt. To Benefit From $104million Loan From IFAD

ogun stateThe Ogun State Government says it has paid its counterpart fund in order to benefit from a $104.4 million loan agreement between the Federal Government and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).

This is towards developing the agriculture sector for food security and employment generation,especially through rice and cassava production and its value chains in the state.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, who represented Governor Ibikunle Amosun, made the disclosure in Abeokuta, the state capital, during the inauguration of the state steering committee.

The committee is saddled with the responsibility of giving direction to the programme’s management unit, as stated in the project document.

Addressing members of the steering committee, the Commissioner asked them to make their experiences to bear on the effective oversight and monitoring of funds to be disbursed.

Anambra, Benue, Ebonyi, Niger, Taraba are currently being listed among beneficiary states and Ogun State remains the only state in the South-western part of the nation to benefit from the loan scheme.

Obiano Promises Sustainable Agriculture In Anambra

obianoAnambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has said that sustainable agricultural development is a sure way the nation can be free from dependency on revenue from oil.

Governor Obiano made the statement on Friday at an agricultural stock-taking in Awka, the capital of the state.

He, however, urged farmers in the state to pull resources together to become suppliers not just to states, but to other countries.

Governor Obiano also promised to increase the rice production index currently at 190 tons to 320 tons by the end of 2016.

Since the drop in the price of crude oil and subsequent reduction in allocations to states from the Federation Account, the need to diversify the nation’s economy away from crude sales to other sectors has led to exploration of states’ agricultural potentials.

Agriculture was the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy prior to the discovery of crude oil and the Anambra State government is making an effort to refocus the  state’s economy.

2014 Investors Forum: Ogun Govt Focuses On Job Creation Through Agriculture -Muoyo

commissioner - muoyoThe Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ogun state, Oluwande Muoyo says the 2014 Investors Forum holding in Ogun State will be focusing on agriculture and urban development.

she stated that one of the important roles of the government in the state is to strengthen the agricultural sector and  help reduce the rate of unemployment.

“Agriculture and urban development are areas that can provide job opportunities and create wealth amongst the people of the state,” she said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mrs. Muoyo exolained that the forum holds every two years and the first was held in 2012.

She mentioned that after the 2012 forum, investors were able to acquire lands at a subsidized rates to help attract other investors into the state. She also noted that the state is working on expansion and development of roads which will enable farmers transport their produce from one location to another.

Mrs. Muoyo further stated that raw materials for building infrastructure can be purchased in the state at a cheaper rate.

Speaking on agriculture, Muoyo she stated that most crops grown in Nigeria are gotten from the state and that Ogun has about 16.4 million hectares of land while about 32% of the land has been taken off by investors.

She noted that the focus on the forum is how to strengthen the agriculture business in the state and how the government can invest in it, to enable the farmers go from subsistent farming to mechanised farming and later to a larger scale of production.

Kobape Housing Scheme: Ogun Pays N20m Crop Compensation To Farmers

Ogun MapThe Ogun State Government on Thursday made good its promise of paying compensations to farmers whose crops had to give way to some of its infrastructural developments.

About 20million Naira was paid to 151 farmers in Itoku Elewe Irepodun Community in Kobape, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State, whose farmlands were affected by a new housing scheme to be located in the area.

Presenting the cheques to farmers in the first 50 hectare land acquired, Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun reaffirmed that the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration was passionate about agricultural development and would have ordinarily not tampered with their crops.

She, however, said that government had to take the painful decision of taking over the farmlands because it was extremely necessary, saying that at the end of the day, the housing scheme would help open up the area and attract more people that would enhance their socio-economic status.

“We are very much aware that your crops are important to you, and we know that farming is your major source of income, as a matter of fact, agricultural development for food production and industrialisation remains one of our five cardinal programmes, but we also need the land to pursue another cardinal programme, housing.

“At the end of the day, it would be a win-win situation as the  housing scheme would bring in people, engender further development and ultimately, enhance socio-economic status”, Sokefun remarked.

She therefore enjoined them to make judicious use of the money given to better their lots and that of their respective dependents.

Also speaking while presenting another batch of cheques, her counterpart in the Ministry of Housing, Mr. Daniel Adejobi, said that the housing scheme was capable of improving the living standards of the farmers, as it would attract infrastructure like roads, power supply and potable water.

He added that the massive population that would move to the area as a result of the scheme would be a ready market for their farm products, noting that it may not need to take them going too far before they get their produce sold.

The Commissioner urged them to continue supporting the State Government as it was moving to implement its mission to rebuild, promising that very soon, similar compensation would be paid to farmers on the second 50 hectares also acquired for the housing scheme.

Responding on behalf of recipients, Baale of the Community, Waheed Afolabi lauded government for fulfilling its promise of early compensation, pledging their continuous support for the successful implementation of its programmes.