Ogun State in collaboration with the Federal Government and World Bank has acquired agricultural equipment under the third National Fadama Development Project to increase food production in the state.
The procured types of equipment are; four tractors and implements as well as a mini rice combined harvester.
Adepeju Adebajo, Commissioner for Agriculture at the commissioning of the first Fadama agricultural equipment hiring centre at Oke-Eri, Ijebu North East, said the facilities were being replicated at Sawonjo in Yewa North Local Government Area and would be commissioned soon.
Adebajo who was represented by the Ministry’s permanent secretary, Mr. Steve Ipinniwa added that these mechanisation facilities if well managed would contribute greatly to the agricultural transformation of the state thereby ensuring food security and industrialisation of the state in particular and Nigeria in general.
Engineer Mathew Adebayo, Acting State Project Coordinator, appreciated the state government’s effort in paying the counterpart fund required from the state.
He, however, urged the beneficiaries to manage the equipment judiciously adding that with all the facilities and infrastructure, food security, industrialisation and employment are assured.