BENIN CITY – Over 2,000 beneficiaries of the Edo State Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agriprenuer programme in five Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Edo State have hailed Governor Godwin Obaseki for the state’s transparency in training and disbursing of N202m to farmers to expand their businesses.
Focal person, Edo SDGs, Mrs. Ifueko Alufohai said the programme is designed to enable the farmers acquire modern techniques in farm cultivation and empower them to expand their farms, in line with the Governor Obaseki-led administration’s agricultural reforms to attain food sufficiency.
Ninety beneficiaries each are selected from five LGAs, which include Ovia South West, Orhionmwon, Akoko Edo, Etsako West and Esan South East. The beneficiaries got grants of N90,000 each at the end of the training on fishery, crop production (cassava and water melon), poultry and pig farming.
One of the beneficiaries, who is into plantain farming, Mr. Arise Joseph, expressed appreciation to the governor for the upliftment, noting that with the training the farmers are better equipped to put the grants to good use.
Another beneficiary, Mrs. Ifijie Ijeme, a potato farmer, said the grant will enable the farmers improve their yield and contribute their quota to the development of the society.
A beneficiary in Ubiaja, Esan South East LGA, Ayemere Ese, said with the start-up grant and skill acquired, he will be able to expand his business as a farmer and contribute to the food sufficiency drive in the state.