We've Meet Up With CBN Criteria On Cassava Value Chains For Farmers - OGSG - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

We've Meet Up With CBN Criteria On Cassava Value Chains For Farmers - OGSG


Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Government has it has registered  about Fifty One thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Four (51,994) verified farmers to partake in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) purposely meant to give financial intervention support to commercial food security on available land of 47,047 hectares.

The Special Adviser to Ogun State Governor on Agriculture, Dr. Samson Adeola Odedina disclosed this at the weekend in a press release made available to THE ENCOUNTER NEWS.

Odedina said the registration was in line with the Governor Dapo Biodun’s vision to create an enabling environment for inclusive development of agricultural sector in the state towards creation of jobs, wealth and food security adding that ABP was an opportunity to help farmers key into funding along with other stakeholders at the value chains of food productivity.

The Agriculture expert applauded the ABP steering committee to have accomplished a number of milestones in a time frame between November 11, 2019 and December 10, 2019 saying it has been able to register farmers on cassava, maize, rice, poultry, fishery, palm oil, piggery and cattle for the programme.

Odedina who was among the Commissioner nominees of governor Abiodun enumerated that, about 64,456 people registered through the Ogun State Job Portal, farmers associations, Ministry of Agriculture and 80 local government registration points. 

He explained that, a total number of 51,994 are verified farmers, while 28% are in need of infrastructure, with 41% of them are under age 40. 

According to him, "A total of 47,047 hectares of land have been identified as available for the Anchor Borrowers Program. 29,723 hectares of government land and 17,324 hectares of community land.’’

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