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2,000 farmers benefit from NIRSAL Agric Programme



Edo State Government has embarked on a multi-dimensional agricultural development programme powered by the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), Elephant Group, and a number of other off-takers.

The priority crops include cassava, maize, rice, which are being cultivated in different locations across the state spanning about 10,600 hectares. The areas including Ilushi, Iguoriakhi, Sobe, Warake, Iguomon, Agenebode, Usugbenu, Ekpoma, among others.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, on his part said that the state government had engaged in land-clearing to take-off that aspect of cost from the benefitting farmers.

He said that rice farming was currently on-going in Iguoriakhi, Iguomon, Illushi, Agenebode and Warake while maize farming is at Ekpoma, Usugbenu and Sobe.

He added that the state government engaged the services of Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL) as its technical partner, to derisk the investment and provide agronomists who will help farmers in the state.

Osagie noted that the scheme is outside the plan for Dufil’s investment in developing 5000ha of palm plantation in the state, and to source raw materials used in the production of popular instant noodles brand, Indomie, vegetable oil as well as power oil.

On his part, Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Food Security and Forestry Programme, Joe Okojie, said the state government was leveraging on the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to drive its agricultural programmes.

According to him, the state secured N5billion under the Commercial Agric Credit Scheme. About N2.2billion is for crop production, N2.3billion for land development and about N100m for irrigation purposes.

He explained that not less than 2000 farmers are expected to benefit from the programmes, stressing the need for  farmers to maintain standards set by agricultural extension officers engaged to provide extension services on their farms.

Addressing press men earlier in his office, the state commissioner of Police, Ladodo assured people of the state of police commitment to addressing security issues in the state, as to ensure the security of lives and properties of Imo citizens.



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