Towards assisting small scale farmers in expanding their businesses, as well as create employment opportunities in Ogun State, Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP), has extended the programme to three local governments in the State.
State Project Coordinator, VCDP, Mr. Samuel Adeogun, stated this while addressing participants at stakeholders’ meeting, tagged, “Stakeholders’ Engagement Meeting on the Release of Land by Community and Identification of Enterprise Models’’, held in Abeokuta, hinting that the success recorded by the intervention programme in the first five local governments, led to its extension to Odeda, Yewa South and Odogbolu Local Government Areas in the State.
Mr. Adeogun explained that 90 percent cost of opening land was paid by government, while farmers were expected to take care of the remaining ten percent either in cash or service, while other benefits for farmers included farm input, seeds, stems and extension services at subsidised rates.
He appealed to traditional leaders in the host communities and other land owners to co-operate with government making lands available and see the projects as their own and make the environment conducive for the beneficiaries who were drawn from various local governments to ensure success of the programme.
In his remarks, the Special Assistant to Ogun State Governor on Donor Funded Programmes, Mr. Bayonle Adenekan, said Government had identified agriculture as a major sector through which millions of job opportunities would be created and also make the State self-sufficient in food production, adding that the Dapo Abiodun-led administration would continue to support agricultural development to create better opportunities for the citizens through numerous programmes designed to lift people out of poverty.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Miss Adeola Gbadamosi, commended government for the programme, which she noted, would assist farmers expand their farms and improve their business, as well as encourage youths interested in agriculture.