No fewer than 26 Agricultural Cooperative Societies, from six Local Government Areas in Ogun State have been supported with N26m grant, to improve their farming techniques for maximum profit, productivity and increase food supply in the State.
The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ms. Adenrele Adesina, while presenting cheques to beneficiaries in Abeokuta, advised them to use the grant for the right purpose and ensure every member of the cooperative Societies benefited.
According to her, the grant was the highpoint to round up the 3-day Agricultural Production Improvement course for Ogun State Agricultural Cooperative Societies in six LGAs, under the 2015 Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS)-LGAS Track Project.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Adekunle Hassan, while speaking at the event, disclosed that the training programme, which was organised by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSSAP) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Ogun State Government, in collaboration with a Management Consulting firm, would be extended to other LGAs in the State, adding that beneficiaries would be monitored by government officials to ensure judicious utilization of the grant.
The Assistant Secretary, Farmers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Branch, representing Ifo Local Government Area, Mr. Paul Adekunle, described the programme as an eye opener for members, as many of them are now exposed to new, better and easier farming skills, including farm management and record keeping.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs. Agbe Davis and Mr. Gbenga Lipede from Sagamu and Obafemi Owode LGAs respectively, appreciated the organisers and solicited for provision of modern farming equipment at subsidized rate, to attract younger generations into the vocation.
Beneficiaries of the grants were Agricultural Cooperative Societies from Ifo, Ado-Odo Ota, Sagamu, Ijebu-Ode, Obafemi Owode and Abeokuta North Local Government Areas.