Ondo Farmers Get Subsidised Farm Inputs

By August 29, 2020 NEWS

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.

According to him, provisions have been made in all sectors of agriculture – poultry and livestock feed, PKC for pig farmers, agrochemicals and fertilisers for those into arable crops, pesticides for cocoa farmers, and tractors, to mention a few.

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.


Source: The Nation