Ogun sets up rice demonstration farm to revamp agric sector

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*Receives FG donated rice production equipment

*Gov Abiodun to flag off input distribution for rice farmers

The Ogun State government has set up a rice demonstration farm to train farmers on modern ways of growing rice and further encourage youths to be gainfully employed in the venture.

Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina led officials of the ministry round the 20-hectare demonstration farm situated in Eggua, Yewa North Local Government Area of the State, a release on Tuesday by the state’s Ministry of Information & Strategy stated.

According to Odedina, the farm is part of Governor Dapo Abiodun’s administration commitment to revamping agricultural sector.

Odedina added that rice plantation is ongoing in eight local governments areas in the state, explaining that “the idea of the demonstration farm is to make everybody growing rice to copy our technology. I am assuring all stakeholders that Ogun rice has come to stay”.

In a remark, the Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture, Dr Angel Adelaja-Kuye urged interested farmers to take advantage of the demonstration farm for rice production and marketing, as government would always be ready to offer necessary assistance.

Also, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Dotun Sorunke, pledged that the ministry will continue to support and link people to opportunities through its various programmes.

In a related development, the Commissioner and his team received rice production equipment donated by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture at the Eggua Rice Processing Centre, with an assurance that the items would complement the demonstration farm to allow more people benefit from the rice value-chain.

The donated items included harvester, generating sets, dry cell batteries, water sprinklers for fumigation, surface water pump, submersible pump, rice processing machine, rice per-boiler among others.

Commenting, Chief Technical Officer, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Engr. Oladokun Olaosebikan, said the quest for food security necessitated the donation, calling for effective use of the items.

Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun will on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 flag-off input distribution for over 1,165 rice farmers, successfully screened by the Central Bank of Nigeria, under Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.

According to a statement by Dr Dotun Sorunke, permanent secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, the event will hold at the Agro Services Warehouse, Imowo, Ijebu -Ode.

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