Ogun State government has pledged its assistance to farmers in achieving best agricultural practices, to increase their yields and ensure food security.
The Commissioner for Agriculture Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo stated this during the harvesting of an hectare IFAD-Value Chain Developmental Program (VCDP) cassava demonstration farm, at Alagada village near Oba in Obafemi Owode Local Council Area of the state.
She said with best agricultural practices such as proper land preparation, quality stems, adequate spacing of crops, application of appropriate fertilizers, insecticide, farm maintenance, as well as improved harvesting methods of farm produce, cassava farmers will get the best yields, as well as break away from traditional way of farming which is less result-oriented and unprofitable.
The Commissioner therefore implore farmers in the state to always make themselves available and make the best use of the opportunity provided by the state ministry officials and other Extension Workers to practicalise the innovations in farming for maximum yield.
On the TME 419 Cassava Variety planted on the demonstration farm with the best Agricultural practices, the commissioner said the 51 tonnes per hectare harvested at the demonstration farm is a national record compared to an average of 17 tonnes per hectare using the traditional methods of farming.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer, Agric Business Services, a private Extension provider who supervised the farm on behalf of the Ogun State Value Chain Development Programme, Mr Ibikunle Onasanya said the demonstration farm will be replicated in four other local councils-Ijebu East, Ijebu North-East, Yewa North and Ifo so that farmers would not only increase their yields, but ensure food security and profit maximisation.