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Oyo distributes N965m fertilizers to farmers

The subsidised sales was carried out through the Farm Service Centres of the state Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development. Disclosing this to…

The subsidised sales was carried out through the Farm Service Centres of the state Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development.

Disclosing this to journalists in Ibadan, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Kunle Ishola, added that a revised allocation of 6,600 metric tonnes of assorted fertilizers worth N510.7 million had already been procured by the state from the Federal Government supply programme for the 2009 planting season.

The Commissioner stated at a ministerial press briefing that a total of 3,060 metric tones of fertilizers had been received by the State out of the consignment just as he explained that a sum of N5.1 million had been spent by the State government on the procurement of Agrochemicals and minor equipment for the 2009 planting season.

Speaking further, the commissioner remarked that a total of 793 litres/kg of assorted agro chemicals, 11 units of CP sprayer, 516 kg of improved maize seeds and 44 units of cutlasses valued at N1.1 million were sold by the ministry to interested farmers to date.

On the state government’s efforts towards protecting and managing the State forest estates for sustainable development, the commissioner revealed that 63 foresters were recruited in addition to the establishment of Taungya plantation throughout the state with 130 hectares of Taungya land cleared in preparation for planting during the period.

Commenting on activities of the veterinary division of the Livestock unit, the commissioner recalled that theere are about 30 slaughter slabs in the state explaining that a sum of N11,150,000 was released by government for the purchase of inspection kits, chemicals and vehicles.

In addition, he said, government had signed an agreement with a private investor to build a central abattoir at Akinyele in Akinyele Local Government Area with the purpose of maintaining Hygienic practices during slaughtering and inspection of animals meant for human consumption while the arrangement is on Built Own Transfer (B.O.T.) agreement. This implies that the factory would be built by the company and the company shall run it for a period of 30 years before handing it over the the State, he said.

The commissioner noted that the farming populace in Oyo State would forever be grateful to the present administration in the state for adhering strictly to electoral promises, “judging from the modest achievements in the field of agriculture since inception.”