Ondo urges agricultural loan defaulters to pay –

The Ondo State Government has called on all defaulting agricultural creditors in the 18 local government areas of the state to pay all their outstanding debts to enable other farmers to benefit from the exercise.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, Olayato Aribo, who made the call for Akure during the World Food Day 2022 ceremony, said, “Be a food hero and leave no one behind. aside,” said that if all the outstanding debts were not paid, the other farmers would not. benefit in the next agricultural loans in the state.

Aribo, who was represented by the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Edward Ogunmola, said: “I want to give them until December to repay all outstanding loans so as not to incur the wrath of the law. The door of the ministry is open to farmers to access technical and advisory services and agricultural inputs to boost their agricultural production.

BusinessDay reports that the 2022 World Food Day ceremony in Ondo State was organized this year by the Justice Development and Peace Center (JDPC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the State of Ondo.

The permanent secretary said: “Let me assure you that this government will continue to remain focused, responsive and accountable to the good people of our Sunshine State. We will continue to create an enabling environment that will ensure that every individual will contribute to the rapid development of the state’s agricultural sector.

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“Therefore, the current food situation in the state and the country as a whole calls for more dedication and commitment to agricultural development so that our dream of self-sufficiency in food production can be realized,” said Aribo.

While the Smallholder Women Farmers Organization of Nigeria (SWOFON) has instructed the Ondo State Government to make farming a business and believe that it can contribute to state revenue.

SWOFON State Coordinator Grace Oyediji said, “In the second quarter of this year, statistics show that agriculture contributed 23.2%, which is the highest to the economy. from the country. This shows that with deliberate financing and strategic implementation with monitoring and evaluation of agriculture, farmers will smile in the bank, trajectory of increasing state RGI and food on the table. residents of Ondo State.

“We believe this is achievable through the efforts of state and non-state actors with the support of our dear Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Oyediji, who has also instructed the state government to focus efforts on post-harvest loss management, said, “We will be in a better position to increase our internally generated revenue and contribute significantly to the growth of the economy”.

According to her, “This can be achieved by encouraging smaller modular processing and storage facilities in communities based on different commodities. This should be a good approach to reduce our post-harvest losses, as the larger Staple Crop Agricultural Processing Zones (SCPZs) are very likely not to reach remote areas. »

She therefore instructed the state government to allocate at least 10% of the state budget to agriculture saying “we understand that state revenue is going down, but the government needs to look into this.” “.

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