Ekiti State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Olabide Adetoyi, said on Tuesday that farm inputs worth over N820m had been distributed to 3,102 rice-farmers in Ekiti State under the Central Bank of Nigeria/Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria Anchor Borrowers Programme.

Adetoyi, who disclosed this at Aisegba-Ekiti in Gbonyin Council area of the state during an inspection tour of farms, said that the development was a fulfilment of Governor Kayode Fayemi’s
promise to boost food security and make Ekiti State a leader in rice production in the country.

He said, “Each of the benefitting farmers paid a counterpart fund of ₦21,000 and was allocated one hectare of land in a cluster, while they got inputs such as rice seed, pre- and post-emergence chemicals, rice selective herbicides, organic and inorganic fertilisers, pesticides, knapsack sprayers and water pumping machines all at a cost of ₦264,400.”

Adetoyi advised farmers interested in participating in the government’s agricultural scheme to register with the state Ministry of Agriculture to benefit from various opportunities created by the Fayemi
administration.

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