=== (AGENDAWATCHDOG) === An agricultural input subsidy scheme that would give about 10,000 farmers in Kwara State access to various inputs at 50 per cent market price, has been launched by Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
At the flag off of the scheme on Wednesday in Ilorin the state capital, the governor told farmers that the initiative with the theme ‘Beta Yield’, was in tandem with the state’s strategic plan for food security and sustainable development, which became necessary to boost food production in the state and compensate for the losses experienced by farmers in the last farming season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor also revealed that Kwara was also working out a partnership with the Lagos State Government on rice production, which may attract about N10 billion investment over the next four years, adding that his administration was working on the special agroprocessing zone to be located in Lata, which will see the investment of about N10 billion going to agriculture in Edu and Patigi local governments alone in the next two to four years; so we need to scale up what we are doing in those areas.
The flag-off of Kwara State Agricultural Inputs Subsidy Scheme is an offshoot of the Kwara State Agricultural Transformation Plan, launched in January this year. At the unveiling, it was stated that the plan will ensure that Kwara state is food secured and we have 27 implementable programmes that will bring farmers out of poverty and boost (food) production in the state.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The scheme will enhance the productivity of farmers, which would not be limited to the improvement of the standard of living of thousands of households across the 16 LGAs of the state, but also to encourage mass participation of farmers, including women in farming activities, most especially among the teeming youths. It would also provide access to farmers to secure certified and improved seedlings and boost production of farmers.