Ogun State Government has set up a weed-free, fully mechanised cassava demonstration farm, to serve as a model and training center for cassava farmers in its Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP).
Conducting newsmen round the center located at the Odeda Farm Institute, Eweje, the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina said there was need to guide cassava farmers on modern systems of farming, as the State was handling one of the biggest Cassava Anchor Borrowers Programme in the country, appreciating the Governor for funding Cassava Revolution in the State.
“We are here to monitor activities of the State’s Cassava Revolution Programme, as the agency that has the mandate of taking off demonstration farms. The implication is that, for everybody that is participating in the State’s Cassava Anchor Borrowers Programme, it must be like this. There is no weed and is well-organised, after planting, beneficiaries can go and sleep, then come back and harvest. Some weeks back, the Governor linked 2,500 participants with land, credit, inputs and off-taker. We also have another 2,500 hectares meant for young people”, he added.
Corroborating Odedina’s position, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr. Dotun Sorunke maintained that the mandate of the State’s Cassava Revolution Programme was more on training, research and product development, especially along the Cassava Value Chain, saying the essence of setting up the center was to encourage the use of technology and engage the youths to have interest in farming.
“We have already cleared land for 2,500 farmers between ages 18 and 40 to capture substantial number of our youth farmers who will come here for training”, he disclosed.
Also speaking, the Programme Coordinator, Ogun Sate Cassava Revolution Programme, Mrs. Kehinde Jokotoye, said the eight hectare demonstration farm would be of great help in training young farmers, as well as cassava farmers, on the proper technology to adopt when planting.