Abiodun Gives Free Land To 2,000 Farmers

Governor Dapo Abiodun has flagged off the Ogun State Anchor Borrowers’
Scheme, signalling the commencement of an agricultural revolution in the
state

Speaking at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, the
state capital, venue of the launch, Abiodun said that his government
plans to turn the state into an agricultural hub, capable of feeding
itself and other states in the country.

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He said the Anchor
Borrowers’ Scheme was another avenue to boost the nation’s
self-sufficiency in food production, which is line with the federal
government’s agenda on food security to save foreign exchange spent
annually on importation of food items that could be produced locally.

The
governor also said that the scheme would help in creating employment
opportunities for farmers, women and the youths in the state.

Already,
about 2000 beneficiaries have been selected and would be given
certificates of acceptance and leasehold, according to the governor.

He
expressed surprise that despite the success of the scheme in other
states, Ogun State did not take full advantage of funds availability in
the scheme to help farmers improve their production.

According to
the governor, the scheme was a tripartite agreement between the state
as facilitator, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, as financier and the
beneficiaries, even as he called on the recipients to be committed and
responsible in their repayment plan.

Abiodun assured that beneficiaries of the scheme would be given one hectare of land free.

“We
will also provide clearing, seedlings, fertilizers, extension services
and we will pay upkeep allowances until the first harvest,” he added.

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