Oyo disburses N198m in loans to farmers

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Positions farming as a viable source of income

The Oyo State Government has disbursed N198 million in agricultural loans to farmers, as part of the Abiola Ajimobi administration’s plans to boost agriculture in the state.

Moses Adeyemo, the Deputy Governor of the state, disclosed this on behalf of Ajimobi at the World Food Day celebration in Ibadan, on Tuesday.

“Agriculture has been the fulcrum with which the economy of the state is propelled. We are committed to moving agriculture from subsistence to commercial level,” he said.

The governor said 3,500 of the 20,000 youths employed under the YES-O Scheme of the state government had been deployed to local governments to be trained in various agricultural programmes.

“We have also introduced back into our secondary schools studies on fishery, poultry and arable crop farming, so that they will take over from the ageing farmers,” he added.

Ajimobi said the celebration was a forum for government to evaluate and appraise its activities, toward ensuring food security in the state.

Bimbo Kolade, the state?s Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, reiterated the determination of the administration to enhance agricultural production through mass-oriented projects.

“Governor Ajimobi has nipped in the bud the hydra headed obstacle of credit facilities for farmers and intending farmers,” Kolade said.

“To this end, the young and old in the state can now embrace farming as a serious business as well as source of employment with increased income.”

Yusuff Akintola, the Baale Agbe of Oyo State, commended the governor for his achievements, noting that the agriculture sector had been positively affected.

Akintola, who pledged the loyalty of the farmers to the administration, said they would always support the government in its transformation agenda.

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