Ogun scales up agricultural programme against drought

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By Joy Akinsanya

Abeokuta, Jan. 22, 2020 The Ogun Government has said the state will focus on Climate Smart Agricultural Practice to guard against drought in the farming season.

Dr Adeola Odedina, Commissioner for Agriculture, made the disclosure at the Budget 2021 Media Parley on Friday in Abeokuta.

Odedina said that the state government would also focus on irrigation farming expected to benefit all categories of farmers.

According to him, the move will expand agricultural opportunities to all farmers in the state.

He said that the ministry would leverage its engagement with the World Bank, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and African Development Bank (AfDB) to make the state special agro-processing zone.

“Our agricultural agenda is very much on course, we are going to step up the game in 2021 with our engagement with the World Bank, IITA and particularly AfDB in our renewed drive to make the state officially an agro-processing zone.

“We will also be looking at Climate Smart Agriculture Practice. We are paying particular attention to irrigation facility and this will guarantee the employment of more people in the state”, he said.

The commissioner added that the ministry would look into abandoned agricultural activities of dam irrigation service, to allow more farmers the seamless advantage of all-year-round farming.

He expressed optimism that the approval of the new framework for land use would no doubt make land access less challenging.

Odedina explained that the new framework for land use would help save investors the stress of acquiring land, as obtained in the past.

He said that the state planned to expand its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme with the introduction of cotton, oil palm and cocoa production, which would experience a huge boost in production this year.

He disclosed that the state government had allocated 10,000 hectares of land to cotton farmers.

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