From Stella Obi, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has been commended for his kind gesture extended to farmers across all the 33 local government areas in the state.
The farmers who are residents of Ogbomoso South, Surulere, and Oriire Local Governments axis of the state received their farm assets on Monday, at the headquaters of their respective local governments.
The farm assets distributions by OYS-Cares in conjunction with World Bank under the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency (OYSADA) is one of the commitments of Governor Seyi Makinde towards assisting the farmers in the state that were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to ensure food security across all the geopolitical axis of the state.
Governor Makinde recently, in a state-wide broadcast, reeled out some measures that has been put in place by the state government to alleviate the economic difficulties facing residents of the state as a result of removal of the fuel subsidy and this included food security, transportation, among others.
The governor in his speech said,”to ensure food security in the state, we will be distributing additional farm inputs to 10,000 farmers. This is in addition to the input support being provided under the World Bank assisted OYS-CARES programme.”
Also in his remarks, the state coordinator for Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus,(N-Cares) Result Area 2, Mr. Kolawole Adewumi Bamigbola, said total number of 90 beneficiaries which have been grouped into two categories comprises of 70 cassava farmers and 20 maize farmers that are residents of Ogbomoso South will be going home with farm inputs worth millions of naira.
Mr. Bamigbola said each cassava farmer received 20 bundles of cassava cuttings, 2 bags of NPK fertilizer and one liter of herbicide, while each of the 20 maize farmers that have been grouped into two will go home with 10kg of maize seeds, 2 bags of NPK fertilizer, 1 liter of post-emergence herbicide, and 1 liter of pre-emergence herbicides.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Chairman of Ogbomoso South Local Government, Hon. Oyedokun Oyeniyi Timothy lauded Governor Seyi Makinde for the intervention.
He said, “you can all see that Seyi Makinde led administration in Oyo State is talk and do government. All these farm inputs before us worth millions of naira and I want to urge you to make good use of them”.
Some of the beneficiaries that spoke with journalists shortly after the distributions of the farm assets lauded Governor Makinde over the initiatives.