Ogun Govt Moves To Drive Revenue In Agric Sector, Presents Seven Motorcycles To Field Officers - EDU-BIZNEWS


Sunday, May 26, 2024

Ogun Govt Moves To Drive Revenue In Agric Sector, Presents Seven Motorcycles To Field Officers

Ogun State Government  has presented seven motorcycles to field officers in the Produce Department of Agriculture Ministry to enhance their performance and improve revenue generation, particularly in areas with challenging terrain.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security,Hon. Bolu Owotomo,
during the presentation ceremony in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta,  emphasized the Prince Abiodun-led administration's commitment to supporting the welfare of its workers by providing necessary tools for effectiveness. 

He expressed confidence in the produce officers' ability to reciprocate the gesture with increased revenue generation and productivity.

While acknowledging that the motorcycles may not cover all 13 zones under the department, Owotomo promised that future phases would address the needs of remaining officers and zones.

Meanwhile, market stalls, lock-up shops, and solar powered boreholes have been commisioned by the state government to enhance the linkage and agro-processing capacity of farmers and their communities.

Speaking at the commissioning of agricultural infrastructural support to farmers under OGUN (IFAD ASSISTED VCDP- AF) held at Imodi, Odogbolu, Atan, Ijebu North East and Ijebu Imusin, Ijebu East local government areas of the state, Hon. Owotomo noted that the provision of the facilities was more than physical structures because it symbolizes collective effort to empower farmers and also to provide them with the tools and resources needed to thrive.

He added that access to clean water for processing activities and adequate market facilities are fundamental to the success of the agricultural sector.

He said that the state government has made giant strides to boost food security, enhance agricultural productivity and improve the quality of life of rural communities, adding that the infrastructure would not only improve the health and well-being of the communities, but also stimulate economic growth and development .

The commissioner highlighted some of the achievements through intervention provided by the present administration to include empowerment of 3,000 farmers with farm inputs under the Ogun N-Cares, constructive partnership with institutions and agricultural investors aimed at enhancing food system, capacity building of 12,000 farmers on sustainable agriculture under the value chain development programme, OGSTEP facilities training of stakeholders and distribution of production inputs to cassava and rice farmers  amongst others.

National Programme Coordinator, Hajia Fatimah Aliyu, represented by the Human Resource Advisor, Mallam Gidado Bello pointed out that the objective was to improve the livelihood and living standards of farmers through intervention programmes, such as construction of facilities.

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