The Ogun State Government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology has distributed improved plantlets of banana, plantain and pineapple suckers to farmers in the State.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, represented by his Consultant, Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, who made the distribution at the Ministry of Agriculture Complex, Oke Mosan, stated that the distribution of 2000 units of suckers would increase productivity, improve food security as well as nutrition of the family, noting that 100 farmers would benefit from the package.
Governor Abiodun further stated that the improved suckers were disease resistant, have high quality and yielding variety, which would improve the food productivity of the State.
“The Governor has consistently assured that agriculture will be number one on his agenda. This is one of the areas he has asked us to concentrate, to the benefit of farmers at the State level. This programme will benefit at least 100 farmers. I implore the farmers to take full advantage of the programme of the State Government that is coming our way”, Oredipe said.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the representative of the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mrs. Habiba Abdul-Rahman, revealed that farmers’ inability to access improved plantlets would lead to reduced agricultural productivity, low profit, hunger, increase food importation which result in poor income for farmers.
“Food insecurity is closely linked to hunger and malnutrition, which poses a serious threat to children under age five and women in Nigeria. This has far reaching health and economic implications, as malnourished children do not reach their full potential, but the utilisation of these improved crop varieties can improve productivity thereby leading to job and wealth creation, poverty alleviation, reduced hunger as well as malnutrition”, Abdul-Rahman said.