The Ondo State Government says it has earmarked N2.2 billion in the 2017 budget for the development of the agricultural sector. Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu
said this on Thursday in Akure at the inauguration of Ondo
State Farmers Cooperative Multipurpose Union Ltd., which was formed by
Farmers Business School (FBS) in the state.

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi,
said that out of the amount allocated to the agricultural sector, N25
million was set aside for the expansion of the FBS programme in the
state.

He said that the coming together
of farmers to form a group was a product of the intervention by a
development partner, the German International Cooperation (GIZ).

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Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that GIZ is an agency of the Federal
Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany

“I
have been reliably informed that as a follow-up to the impacts of the
FBS trainings on beneficiaries, the various groups decided to come
together and register as Ondo State Farmers’ Cooperative Multipurpose
Union.

“You will recall that on
my assumption of duty on 24th of February, 2017, I outlined a five-point
agenda of my administration to fast-track an all-round development of
Ondo State, in which agriculture takes a special position.

“About
two months ago, my administration entered into partnership with WeWood
Company Nigeria Ltd. to regenerate 1,000 of land at the afforestation
project site along Ore,
’’ he said.

Akeredolu
said that he had directed the Ministry of Agriculture to take inventory
of farmers in the state, so as to know the actual number of farmers in
the state.

He, however, advised the members of the union to put into practice the skills they had acquired in the training programme.

Also speaking, Mr Alex Aragbaye,
the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, lauded GIZ for
the training and re-training of agricultural extension officers and the
huge amount it spent on the training of farmers.

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Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor, at the event, also
inaugurated the secretariat of the farmers’ cooperative union, which is
equipped with modern information and communication facilities.

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