Ondo pro-farmers graduate, get loans to mark World Food Day
The Ondo State Government will tomorrow (Monday), mark the 2016 World Food Day with the graduation of over 400 young University graduates, trained to become Pro-farmers and Agropreneurs.
The ceremony will also witness the disbursements of about N25m loan to the graduates, who are the first batch of beneficiaries of the government’s Wealth Creation Fund, being executed through its Wealth Creation Agency (WECA).
According to the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, in a statement issued in Akure, yesterday, the Pro-farmers are young graduates engaged in 2014/2015 by the Olusegun Mimiko-led government and trained in modern system of farming at the four Agro Business Cities across the three Senatorial Districts of the State.
He said the beneficiaries were also trained in maize and cassava plantation, fish and egg production with chicken processing, beekeeping, honey production and vegetable production, among others.
He said: “The sum of N30, 000 was given to each of the graduates, as monthly stipend while in training. All facilities, such as, hostel accommodation, farm implement, recreational centre and land preparation, were provided for them by the state government.”
He ascribed the success of the programme to government’s partnership with International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Federal College of Agriculture, Partnerships Initiative in the Niger Delta Development (PIND) FADAMA III Project, and other international organisations.
“Also, each of the Pro-farmer was given four hectares of land for cassava plantation and two hectares was given them for maize plantation. To ensure that they make the best of the opportunity, a business plan competition was also organised for the graduates to build their capacity for writing good bankable business proposals and assess the level of their training,” he explained.