Farming season: ODSG unveils plans for farmers
By Fatima Muraina
As farmers warm up to commence the 2024 farming activities, Ondo State government has unveiled its plan to ensure food production and sufficiency.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Mr Edward Tubosun Ogunmola said that government will continue to support farmers and provide the enabling environment to ensure that food is produced in large quantities for the citizenry.
Speaking in an interview with The Hope, Ogummola said; “Our own is to provide enabling environment for farmers to operate not that we want to take over their farms from them.
He said Mr Governor will flag off farming season when the rain is steady for farmers to commence their farming activities for the year.
He said free farm inputs and agrochemicals will be distributed alongside free technical and extension services,.
“There will be land clearing of some selected youths under the IFAD Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Niger Delta (LIFE-NG) programme.
“It is a duly funded programme in the ministry of agric which focused on activities like cocoa, livestock, cassava and fishery.”
Ogummola assured that government will continue to support the AISA in providing qualitative and genuine agrochemicals and other farm inputs and also make them available to the farmers at the beginning of this planting season.
On accessable roads, Ogummola said government has marked out a lot of rural roads under the RAMP programme which he said would commence this year.
“Under the Ondo care, we have constructed almost 17 rural roads in the last 2-3 years and we have about 16 that are under construction now. We cannot cover the whole state at a time but when there’s resources, those areas that are yet to be addressed will be attended to”
He advised farmers to avoid bush burning due to the harsh weather condition.