Kwara Govt launches farm input distribution to 10,000 farmers

By Mosunmola Ayobami, Ilorin

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has initiated the distribution of farm seeds, agrochemicals, fertilizers, and Methyl Propyl Ketone (MPK) to 10,000 farmers across the state.

The event, marking the launch of the third batch of farm input distribution, took place on Friday at the Ministry of Agriculture.

The beneficiaries, spread across the 16 local government areas, will also receive extension and mechanization support.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor AbdulRazaq emphasized the crucial role farmers play in ensuring food security and driving sustainable economic growth.

“This initiative is part of our administration’s commitment to encouraging bumper harvests and promoting food security.

“Farmers are the backbone of food security and economic growth. Hence, a rigorous farmer registration process has been set up, ensuring that only genuine farmers benefit,” he said..

The Governor added that the state government recently targeted 600,000 households, including smallholder farmers, in the distribution of farm implements and other support measures.

“The first batch of the Special Rice Intervention Programme assisted 3,400 real farmers with quality seeds, fertilizers, and agrochemicals, resulting in significant increases in rice production.

“With the second phase (FADAMA NG CARES), 600,000 beneficiaries are receiving support, including boats, seeds, agrochemicals, power tillers, and grinding machines. This initiative aims to make agricultural productivity more robust and widespread,” he stated.

AbdulRazaq further highlighted the government’s commitment to boosting livestock productivity and market access through its Livestock Productivity and Enhancement Scheme (LPRES).

“By supporting farmers, food security is ensured, jobs created, and economic growth is sustained,” he added.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Toyosi Thomas-Adebayo, also speaking at the event, commended the governor for his purposeful leadership and outlined various government programs designed to support farmers and improve yields.

In her welcome address, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Funke Sokoya, urged the beneficiaries to use the distributed items for the public good, emphasizing the significance of these inputs to the agricultural sector.

Abdur-Rahman Ayuba, Executive Director of the Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication, praised the government’s engagement with civil society organizations throughout the distribution process.

He called on government officials to ensure proper monitoring to guarantee that the inputs and support are used appropriately.

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