Ekiti gets FG’s support to boost food production
By Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Government has taken delivery of tractors, farm implements, agro-chemicals and other farming facilities as parts of Federal Government’s support for farmers in the State.
Governor Kayode Fayemi received the items, in Ado Ekiti, from the State Co-ordinator of National Agricultural Land Development Agency (NALDA), Mr Adekunle Adeniyi.
The package received by Ekiti farmers from NALDA included 2×75 horse power tractors with implements, clearing of 100 hectares out of 1,200 hectares available for farmers at Irele and Oke-Ako, in Ikole Local Government Area, surface dressing of 4.5 kilometres of road, 3.6 kilometres earth clearing road and 4 solar power boreholes for dry season farming.
Others were pesticide and insecticide made up of 200 litres of weed crushers, 400 litres of clear weed, 200 litres of ‘Relifuron’, and others.
He commended the agency for keeping to their promises, adding that it would support government’s intention to achieve food security.
The governor further noted that the tractors would assist farmers in land clearing, development and management.
The State Co-ordinator of NALDA, Mr Adekunle Adeniyi, commended Governor Fayemi for his passion and commitment to transforming agriculture in the State.
He disclosed that seeds, fertilizer, tractors and other farm supplements would soon arrive the State.
Also, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Dr Olabode Adetoyi, explained that NALDA had cleared 100 hectares out of the 1,200 hectares available for farmers along Oke-Ako and Irele axis.