About 660 rice farmers in Oyo State on Thursday benefited from cash and farm inputs worth N121.07 million under the FADAMA III Additional Financing project.
Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Oyewole Oyewumi, disclosed this during the flag-off of fund disbursement and inputs distribution to rice production groups.
Mr Oyewumi, represented by the ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr Adewale Atilola, said the farmers, drawn from 15 local government areas in the state, would be supported with improved rice seeds, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers and production assets such as sprayers, wheel barrows.
“The farmers are being supported under the FADAMA III Additional Financing inputs support of 50/50 cost of sharing arrangement between the benefiting production groups and the project. The project supporting matching fund is a grant and not loan that will be paid back.
“I urge the beneficiaries to reciprocate the good gesture of the state government by making judicious use of the inputs provided to boost agricultural production in the state,” the Commissioner said.
The programme was organised by the Oyo State FADAMA III Additional Financing Project.