Ogun rice and cassava production on the rise, says UN agency

International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), said its various intervention programmes with the Federal Government has raised production of cassava and rice in Ogun state.

International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)

UN agency

IFAD said its various intervention programmes with the Federal Government has raised production of cassava and rice in Ogun state.

The UN agency said, cassava production in the state has jumped to 37.6 metric tonnes per hectare from 10 metric tonnes. While rice production per hectare has also increased to over 3 metric tonnes from 1.9 metric tonnes.

IFAD state coordinator, Samuel Adeogun, made this known, while speaking with Rockcity FM news, during a workshop in Abeokuta, on the sharing of knowledge products with stakeholders from selected local government areas.

With the increase in production, Adeogun said, cassava and rice farmers in the state now earn more, while more raw materials are being sourced for industries.

Adeogun, however asked Financial Institutions to make credit facilities available to more farmers to sustain the production level of cassava and rice in the state. While government must ensure enhanced export opportunities for the products, by improving its implementation of the products value chain development programme.

The  coordinating director in the State’s Agriculture Ministry, Alhaji Olatunbosun Mosuro, lauded IFAD/Federal Government for its value chain development programme with the construction of nine solar powered water  schemes  in Ijebu North-East, Obafemi-Owode, Ifo, Ijebu East and Yewa North local government areas.

Both IFAD and the Federal Government were also commended for the construction of 20 kilometres access roads, in four of the six selected local government areas.

Mosuro also commended them for other interventions, which includes the construction of cassava processing centre at Baara in Obafemi Owode, and rice processing centre at Eggua, in Yewa North Local Government Area.

He listed other intervention programmes, as the construction of market stalls at Mokoloki in Obafemi-Owode, Eemado in Yewa-North and Itele in Ijebu-East, while 6,290 farmers in the state were supported with seeds, fertilizers and agrochemicals.

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