The Edo State Government has said it is investing N5bn in the development of over 10,600 hectares of land to boost agricultural production across the state.
It said that the amount, drawn from the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, was also aimed at guaranteeing farmers from the three senatorial districts access to funding and improving productivity in the state.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security, Prince Joe Okojie, disclosed these after some sensitisation workshops for farmers expected to benefit from the programme in Ekpoma, Usogbenu and Illushi, in the Edo Central senatorial district, according to a statement on Thurdsay.
Okojie explained that N1.2bn would be spent on rice farming in Iguariaki, Iguomon, Illushi, Agenebode and Warake, and on maize cultivation in Ekpoma, Usugbenu and Sobe.
He also said that the investment was aimed at producing “millionaire agriprenuers” by helping farmers scale up their production through mechanisation.
The statement quoted Okojie to have said, “We have set a target to harvest 17,000 metric tons of rice by cultivating 4,000 hectares of land and 11,000 tons of maize by cultivating 6,600 hectares of land at the end of the planting season in 2019.”