Ondo State has begun selling farm inputs to farmers at 30 per cent subsidy to tackle the food insecurity post COVID-19.
Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Agriculture and Agric Business Akin Olotu said this when he visited some agro-allied farm centres at the weekend.
He said: “We are conscious that COVID-19 would wreak serious havoc in agriculture and we might run out of food, hence the need to cushion the adverse effect of COVID-19 to guarantee food security.”
Olotu said some agro-dealers have been engaged to sell, at a 30 per cent discount, everything being giving to interested farmers who would have indicated their demand by paying to a designated bank to access the inputs.
The governor’s aide said the intervention is a continuous exercise, adding that the government would restore the Federal Government’s e-wallet system making use of ICT to distribute the inputs to farmers.
Chairman of Agricultural Commodity Associations (OSACA) Gbenga Obaweya urged the government to make it a regular programme to boost food production and security.