2023 Farming Season: Edo Distributes Inputs to Farmers

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By Mustapha Salisu

The Edo Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security yesterday (Tuesday), distributed agricultural inputs to farmers in the State for the 2023 farming season.

FARMERS VOICE NG learnt that, the distributed items included cassava, mobile processing machines, fish smoking kilns, fish vats (mini tanks), wheelbarrows, fertilizers, rice seeds, herbicides, pesticides, and livestock vaccines.

Mr. Sunday Erhunmwonsere, the Acting Permanent Secretary of the state, officially flagged off the distribution in Benin City, the state capital, on behalf of the government. He emphasized that the distribution aligns with the government’s plans to ensure food security and raise awareness about various government interventions in the state.

The Acting Permanent Secretary highlighted that the distribution of inputs aims to encourage farmers to enhance their agricultural practices, increase food production, and generate wealth for themselves. He also assured the farmers that the government would provide extension services to guide them throughout the farming season, urging them to make effective use of the inputs.

Ibrahim Iro, the representative of the National Special Programme for Food Security (NSPFS), revealed that the fertilizers and seeds were provided as part of the federal government’s livelihood support program.

“The inputs would be distributed to vulnerable farmers selected based on comparative advantage and vulnerability to flooding in 12 states” he said.

Rev’d Canon Sam Aisien, a consulting agronomist for Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc, expressed appreciation to both the state and federal governments for their generous gesture. However, he cautioned farmers against purchasing oil palm seedlings from roadside vendors, as they are typically unproductive.

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