Smallholder farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector in Edo State have commended the state’s sustained investment in the sector, to ensure food sufficiency, create jobs and improve livelihoods, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The commendation came on the heels of the onset of planting of crops in government-backed farm settlements across the state.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme, Prince Joe Okojie, said that with support from the government’s Agripreneur Programme, farmers in the settlements have been supported with machinery and other materials for tilling, harrowing and ploughing for the 2020 farming season.
According to him: “The state government will not relent in supporting the farmers to achieve a bumper harvest. We are excited that the rice seeds planted in Warrake and Illushi farms have sprouted. We are confident that the yield will be rich as we are focusing on sustaining a robust agriculture-based economy during, and in the aftermath of, the coronavirus pandemic.” Guardian