Kwara govt presents agricultural asset items to 2,019 farmers Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

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The Kwara State Government has again supported 2,019 indigent farmers in the State with agricultural asset items in the third phase of the Kwara Fadama CARES intervention.

Items distributed to the farmers included knapsack sprayers with PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), Fish Smoking Kilns, Rain Gun Sprinklers, Water Pumping Machines with accessories for fish farmers, Poutry Feeders and Drinkers, Small Ruminants, Maize shellers and Soya Beans Threshers.

It would be recalled that there had earlier been two phases of disbursement by Kwara Fadama CARES, with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, flagging off the ceremony of the first phase of disbursement on the 21st of June, 2022, in Oke-Oyi, Ilorin East LGA, where a large number of indigent farmers got both crop inputs and assets.

Flagging off the third disbursement exercise, Governor AbdulRazaq, who was represented by the Chairman, State Fadama Technical Committee, and Permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Ishiaq Olayinka Oloruko-Oba, said the interventions by Kwara Fadama CARES were meant to ease hardship as well as reduce hunger and poverty, adding that the items given out would be closely monitored to ensure that they are judiciously used.

The Governor also warned the beneficiaries against commercialisation of the asset items, adding that if the items are used effectively, the impact would be felt in society.

Earlier, the State Project Coordinator, Kwara Fadama CARES, Engr. Dr. Busari Toyin Isiaka, had disclosed that the Kwara Fadama CARES is premised on the objectives of the Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus with the support of Governor AbdulRazaq, adding that the agricultural inputs and assets distributed are free.

Chronicling the statistics of Kwara Fadama CARES interventions so far, Busari observed that, “With the support of His Excellency, we are giving 2,019 farmers succour today. In the first disbursement in 2022, 6, 561 farmers benefited from both input and asset distribution, while, 8, 020 beneficiaries emerged in the second phase.”

According to him, Governor AbdulRazaq has supported 16,600 indigent farmers through the Kwara Fadama CARES so far, assuring farmers in the State of more interventions.

The flag off event involved symbolic presentations performed by the representative of the Governor after he had been conducted round to confirm the various items to be distributed to the beneficiaries.

One of the beneficiaries, Comrade Jamiu Ahmed of Ogo Oluwa Farmers’ User Group from Ilorin West LGA, thanked the Governor AbdulRazaq for the timely intervention, promising that the farmers would not abuse the opportunity to make the people feel the impact of the initiative.


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