The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, says government will provide allowances for the upkeep of farmers under its Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) until their first harvest.

According to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin,      “to motivate the graduate farmers, we are going to provide some allowances for the farmers’ upkeep until their first harvest. By that time, it is our belief that they will start to make money and stand on their own”.

The statement noted that interested residents of the state should log on to the Job Portal of the State Government, www.jobs@ogunstate.gov.ng, under the Anchor Borrowers link, advising those already on the portal who are interested in the Scheme to log back and update their application on their dashboard to join the scheme.

According to the Governor, government had prioritised the production of cassava, maize and rice under the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), as some of the farmers will soon be issued their Certificates of Occupancy (C of Os).

“Our support for them is total. We will provide inputs, service support and training required for farmers through a single digit loan and a guaranteed off-taker”. We plan for 10,000 participants in the first phase of the scheme. Some of them will emerge this week and I will sign their C of Os, for one hectare each. We are also going to concentrate on maize, cassava and rice because the off-takers are waiting to buy them from us”, he said

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Governor Abiodun had while inaugurating the Steering Committee to oversee the ABP, assured the people of his administration’s commitment to providing better life for the people, adding that the State would ensure the development of all sectors of the economy.

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