Edo farmers to cultivate 250,000ha in two years
Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has disclosed the goal of his administration in ensuring that farmers in the state cultivate a minimum of 250,000 hectares of farmland in the next two years.
Obaseki, who stated this during the 13th Esan Economic Empowerment Workshop, with the theme: “Modernising Agri-business in Esan Land for Economic Empowerment,” organised by the Association of Esan Professionals, explained that agriculture is at the centre of the economic reconstruction programme of the Federal Government, as well as the state government, due to the sector’s potential to create millions of jobs.
“This initiative is in line with my administration’s commitment to create 200,000 jobs for Edo people, which we promised during our electioneering campaign,” the governor said.
He said agriculture is being embraced in the state due to the incentives his administration is providing to make access to land, fertiliser and other inputs easy for farmers.
The governor further said that his administration has revamped the Edo fertiliser plant in Auchi to enable farmers have same type of fertiliser after proper examination of the soil to ensure healthy crop production.
“We have equally revamped the College of Agriculture in the state to train our farmers and help them with the required knowledge to grow healthy agricultural products for export.”
Obaseki said the Gelegele Sea Port is another important project that will help in the export of finished agricultural products. He urged the youths to embrace agriculture as his administration is creating the enabling environment for large scale farming, easy access to land and improved seedlings.
“Agriculture is now scientifically done and mechanisation will help us compete in the international agricultural market.”
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, congratulated the organisers of the workshop and pledged the support of the Federal Government for their programme.
Ogbeh, who was represented by the State Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Edo State Office, Omoragbon Wellington, assured that the Federal Government would support the group in the area of capacity building and supply of processing machines at subsidised rate.
The president of the Association of Esan Professionals, organisers of the workshop, Barr. Matthew Egbadon, said the association was established with the sole objective of serving as a non- political platform for the Esan people to contribute their quota to the development of Esan land.
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