50,000 benefited from Edo agricultural programmes – Govt

The Edo State Government says no less than 50,000 persons have benefitted from agricultural programmes implemented by the Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki led administration.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr Crusoe Osagie, in a statement on Tuesday, said the beneficiaries – including farmers, logistics operators and food processors – were involved in the cultivation of over 10,000 hectares of farmland across the state.

He noted that some of the programmes were implemented in conjunction with the Nigeria Incentive-Based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending Plc and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Commercial Agricultural Credit Scheme.

Osagie added that others were driven by private-sector investors such as Elephant Group, Agrotek, Pemo Farms Limited, Dufil Prima and Asanita.

His words, “Our agricultural programmes hinge on the huge potential of agriculture for wealth and job creation that could guarantee Edo people better life.

“Governor Obaseki has implemented well-thought-out, strategic and far-reaching reforms that attract and retain investments in oil palm, cassava, maize, yam, rubber, cocoa, rice, vegetables, aquaculture and livestock production.”

He said the CBN was investing N69bn in the Edo State Oil Palm Programme.

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