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KWSG empowers farmers to boost food security, economic growth

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In a significant move to bolster food security and promote agricultural productivity, the Kwara State Government has announced the distribution of improved seeds, chemicals, and fertilizers to over 10,000 farmers across the state’s 16 local government areas. This initiative is part of the government’s broader strategy to support the agricultural sector and ensure sustainable economic growth.

During the launch of the third batch of farm input distribution in Ilorin on Friday, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq emphasized the crucial role of farmers in ensuring food security and economic stability. “Farmers are the backbone of food security and sustainable economic growth,” the governor stated.

He highlighted the administration’s commitment to addressing agricultural challenges and ensuring that only genuine farmers benefit through a rigorous registration process.

The governor detailed previous successes, noting that the first batch of the Special Rice Intervention Programme had aided 3,400 farmers with high-quality seeds, fertilizers, and agrochemicals, leading to a substantial increase in rice production.

The second phase, under the FADAMA NG CARES initiative, has provided support to 600,000 beneficiaries, including essential tools like boats, seeds, agrochemicals, power tillers, and grinding machines. This phase aims to enhance agricultural productivity comprehensively.

In addition to crop farming, Governor AbdulRazaq outlined the government’s commitment to boosting livestock productivity through the Livestock Productivity and Enhancement Scheme (LPRES). This campaign is designed to improve livestock market access and productivity, contributing to overall agricultural development in the state.

“By supporting farmers, food security is ensured, jobs are created, and economic growth is sustained,” the governor added, reinforcing the government’s dedication to agricultural advancement.

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Toyosi Thomas-Adebayo praised the numerous government initiatives aimed at supporting farmers and enhancing farm yields. She commended Governor AbdulRazaq for his visionary leadership in driving agricultural progress in the state.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Sokoya Funke, stressed the importance of the farm inputs distribution, urging beneficiaries to utilize the items effectively for the public good.

Representing various civil society organizations, Abdur-rahman Akindele Ayuba, Executive Director of the Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication, applauded the government’s inclusive approach. He called for diligent monitoring to ensure the proper use of the distributed inputs and supports.

With these robust initiatives, the Kwara State Government aims to strengthen its agricultural sector, ensuring food security, job creation, and sustained economic growth for its citizens.

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