By Fatima Muraina
Not less than 80 piglets and agricultural inputs have been distributed to farmers under the Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (N-CARES) project.
Speaking on the development, the Ondo state Project Co-ordinator of FADAMA N-CARES project, Mr. Olusiji Olatunji said FADAMA has a total of 22,000 farmers that will benefit directly and thousands of farmers that will benefit indirectly from the programme.
Olatunji said the Co-ordinating office Anchore Resort Area 2 of the N-CARES project, said it has disbursed 80 piglets to farmers at Abusoro and Oke Elepo communities in Okitipupa local government area of the state.
“The piglets are for 20 farmers, 10 farmers from each group from the two communities were presented with three females and one male” .
The co-ordinatior who hinted that other agricultural input were equally distributed earlier said they have covered 3, 005 farmers so far and before the end of this year, we will cover close to 10,000 farmers, so by next year we would cover the rest 12,000 farmers.
“Goats will also be distributed and we have touched many communities selected for the N-Cares programme. Like Ikoya, they have received cassava stems, poultry products, inputs and many others”, he stated.
Olatunji while stating that FADAMA is distributing inputs and assets in various communities, urged beneficiaries to make best use of the opportunities which he described as golden adding that they are privileged to be selected as beneficiaries.
The Chairman of Agbesun Pig farmers in Abusoro, Okitipupa, Mr Ogunsakin Folorunso, appreciated the state government and its partners for putting smiles on the faces of the people through the gesture.
He assured of proper monitoring of his members to avoid them from selling off the pigs but to make judicious use of them.
Also, a beneficiary and a Cassava farmer at Okeilepo Igodan Ilesa in Okitipupa, Mr Ojo Omotayo confirmed that they were earlier given 30 bundles of hybrid cassava stems each in a group of 10 including fertilizer, chemicals and herbicides.
While thanking the Governor for remembering them at the grassroots, he pleaded for motorable roads for easy access of other parts of their farmlands.