Kwara set to distribute farm inputs to another 10,000 farmers

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* As Gov AbdulRazaq restates commitment to food security_

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

As part of the Kwara State Government’s efforts to encourage bumper harvest and promote food security in the State, no fewer than
10,000 farmers across the 16 local government areas of the State would receive improved seeds, chemicals, and fertilizers this farming season.

The State Government had recently targeted 600,000 households, including smallholding farmers, in recent distribution of farm implements and other supports.

Speaking in Ilorin on Friday at the launch of the distribution of farm inputs (3rd batch) to local farmers,
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said farmers are the backbone of food security and sustainable economic growth.

“This administration is committed to addressing the challenges in the agricultural sector. Farmers are recognised as the backbone of food security and economic growth. Hence, a rigorous farmer registration process has been set up, ensuring that only genuine farmers benefit,” he said.

“The first batch of the Special Rice Intervention Programme assisted 3400 real farmers with quality seeds, fertilizers, and agrochemicals, resulting in significant increases in rice production.

“With the second phase (FADAMA NG CARES), 600,000 beneficiaries are receiving support, including boats, seeds, agrochemicals, power tillers, and grinding machines. This initiative aims to make agricultural productivity more robust and widespread.”

AbdulRazaq said the government is also committed to boosting livestock productivity and market access through its Livestock Productivity and Enhancement Scheme (LPRES) campaigns in the state.

“By supporting farmers, food security is ensured, jobs created, and economic growth is sustained,” he added.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Toyosi Thomas-Adebayo, for her part, said there are a lot of programmes the government has embarked upon to support farmers and improve farm yields in the state, commending AbdulRazaq for his purposeful leadership.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Sokoya Funke said the distribution of farm inputs for farmers means a lot in the agricultural sector, urging the beneficiaries to use the items for the purpose that serves public interest.

Abdur-rahman Akindele Ayuba, Executive Director, Centre for Community Empowermemt and Poverty Eradication, who spoke on behalf of other CSOs, hailed the government for engaging them in all stages of the exercise.

He urged the government officials to ensure proper monitoring of the recipients so that the inputs and other supports are used appropriately.


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