About 3,000 rice farmers in the South West of Nigeria will be benefitting from a programme organized by Feg-Agro Farms Nigeria Limited in partnership with the Federal Government.
According to the chairman of Feg-Agro Farms, Otunba Gabriel Emiola Ogunsanya, Feg-Agro farms is partnering the federal government to not only assist farmers in the South West but also to fill the gap of food scarcity that is likely to be experienced next year.
He explained that the flood which was experienced in certain parts of the country affected many farmers and this might cause low harvest or scarcity of next year.
Ogunsanya said land had been acquired in some parts of the South West of the country for this purpose. “We have started the process of empowering about 3,000 farmers in Osun, Ekiti and Oyo. In each of the state, we will pick 1,000 farmers and each of them will be given 5 hectares of land to plant rice and at the end of the programme, about 15,000 hectares would have been cultivated by these farmers.”
The traditional ruler of Araromi Oke-Ekiti, Ekiti State in a letter to Feg-Agro said a portion of land had been reserved for the purpose.
Ogunsanya also told The Nation that Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also expressed willingness to partner Feg-Agro on capacity building on aquaculture for one thousand youths in Osun and Ekiti states, under farmers empowerment for enhanced productivity and quality assurance: A private sector intervention on fish industrial estate under in-grower system of operation.