The Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has launched an Agricultural input subsidy scheme that would give at least 10,000 farmers access to various inputs at 50% market price, a step he said aligns with the state’s strategic plan for food security and sustainable development.
The Governor told farmers in Ilorin, the state capital, that the intervention became necessary to compensate for their loss to the Covid19 pandemic in the last farming season, and to boost food production in the state.
AbdulRazaq went on assure the farmers that mechanism are out in place and that this initiative is part of the administration’s sustained efforts to use agriculture to drive economic growth and food security in the post Covid-19 pandemic era.
He went further to add that It is not just about food security in Kwara State but in Nigeria as a whole,siting that Farmers are farming largely without any problem in the state and the necessary support should be given and the aim is to achieve food security in Nigeria, not just Kwara. From animal husbandry to all other facets of agriculture.
AbdulRazaq added that Kwara is also working out a partnership with the Lagos State government on rice production which may see roughly N10bn investments over the next four year.
The Governor explained that there are the necessary resources and negotiation is ongoing with some states, especially Lagos state.
He urged the farmers to make good use of the opportunity to have a more rewarding farming experience this year, adding that the efforts will lead to better outcomes and improved livelihood across the state.
Kwara State House of Assembly Committee Chairman on Agriculture Hon. Ojo Olayiwola commended the state government for placing high premium on the agricultural sector with several supports to farmers in the state.
Permanent Secretary Kwara State Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Hajia Maryam Nurudeen explained that the scheme is designed to enhance and improve the productivity of the farmers.
She said this scheme has been conceptualised to enhance the productivity of farmers and it is not only limited to improve the standard of living of thousands of household across the 16 LGAs of the state but also to encourage mass participation of farmers, including women in farming activities most especially among our teeming youth.
Technical Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture AbdulQuawiy Olododo said the scheme, tagged ‘Beta Yield’, will provide access to farmers to secure certified and improved seedlings and boost production of farmers in the state.
Olododo said the flag off of Kwara State Agricultural Inputs Subsidy Scheme today is an offshoot of the Kwara State Agricultural Transformation Plan launched in January this year. it was also stated that the plan will ensure that Kwara State is food secured and we have 27 implementable programmes that will bring farmers out of poverty and boost (food) production in the state.139