The Oyo State Government has taken delivery of about 25 tons of fertilizers with plans to distribute them free to farmers in the state.
The fertilizers were received on behalf of the state government at the state’s Ministry of Agriculture zonal offices at Awe in Oyo town and Tede in Atisbo Local Government Area of the state respectively, the
According to a post on the medium, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Mr. Fajimi Shakrulahi, received the fertilizers on behalf of the government at two zonal offices of the state Ministry of Agriculture in Awe, Oyo town and Tede in Atisbo Local Government Area of the state.
He disclosed that it was an initiative of Dangote Group, the state government and farmers in the state aimed at boosting rice production.
He was quoted as saying: “We have selected about two hundred and ninety two farmers that have one hectare of land each and above for this programme. All these imputs you are seeing are going to be giving to the farmers according to the number of hectares they have.
“So, after planting, Dangote will now be the off-taker. It will get the harvested rice back from the farmers at specified rates”.
The governor’s aide pointed out that this season, the state government would embark on plantation for five hundred hectares, while disclosing that another six thousand hectares plantation would similarly be embarked upon next year.
He noted that farmers earmarked for the plantation had been selected, adding that they have paid visit to their farms to ascertain their level of readiness for the programme.
“The state government has mandated the state’s Ministry of Agriculture to resuscitate all depleted forestry for agricultural purposes,” adding that the plan of the governor was to develop the rice farmers and boost food production in the state.