Cassava and rice farmers engaging in production, processing and marketing of these commodities in Ogun state have met to brainstorm on how to tackle challenges facing their operations.
The meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and Ogun state government was attended by rice and cassava farmers, agro-dealers,tractor service providers, and off-takers
The meeting held under the auspices of Commodity Alliance Forum targetted five areas including Ifo, Obafemi Owode, Ijebu North East, Ijebu East, and Yewa North local government areas.
The state coordinator of Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP)/IFAD programme, Mr. Samuel Adeogun explained that the meeting aim at creating a platform for farmers and other stakeholders to discuss on to improve the production of rice and cassava in the state.
The facilitator of the meeting, Mr Kunle Oyesanwe, said the programme now in at a pilot stage will help solve problems faced by farmers in accessing finance, input support,and market for their products.
He added that once the farmers form themselves into cluster groups, they will be able to go on without any support from the government,and also interface regularly.
Special adviser to the Ogun state government on special duties and agricultural matters, Mr Akinola Lawson, said the state government will continue support farmers in the area of farm inputs, the construction and rehabilitation of aggregation centre in the five local government areas.
Lawson who represented the agriculture commissioner, Mrs Peju Adebanjo, said the state government will soon take the delivery of 20,000 metric tonnes of the Ajile fertilizer and sell them to farmers at N5,500.