Ondo State Government has disbursed N120 million to 2,400 farmers comprising 232 groups in the state under the Fadama III Project Additional Financing, AF.
NAN reports that the state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, made this known on Monday during the official flag-off ceremony of Fadama III Additional, AF, and presentation of cheques to farmers in the state.
Mimiko was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, at the event.
The agency quoted him as saying that his government had spent over N5 billion to implement various agric-related programmes in the last six years and also paid N380 million as counterpart contributions to the Fadama Project from inception.
Besides, he pointed out that one of the major policy thrusts of the 12-point agenda of his administration involves using agriculture to address problems of food security and youth employment confronting the society.
The governor said the problems of unemployment, mostly among the youths, had resulted into some social vices like youth restiveness, prostitution, armed robbery, drug addiction and advance fee fraud.
“This government has, therefore, put in place the New Generation Farmers Programme as a means of empowering the youth and increasing the population of young farmers so that agricultural productivity can hike up and alleviate poverty in the state,” he said.
He said the state had cultivated 1,384 hectares of farmland for the production of maize, cassava and cowpea, listing other initiatives under the aegis of Ondo State Cooperative Federation, ODSCOFED, Wealth Creation Agency, WECA, Ondo State Agricultural Commodities Association, OSACA, among others.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Agriculture, Mr Alex Aragbaiye, said Fadama III Project had implemented 784 sub projects across 160 Fadama Communities.
Aragbaye noted that a total of 675 out of the sub-projects are income generating enterprises while the rest 109 are rural infrastructures that promote agricultural production, processing and marketing.

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