The Ogun State Government has taken yet another step to increase cassava production in the State as it is collaborating with the Federal Government to establish a 6,000-hectare semi-mechanised cassava farm at Ijebu Igbo in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the State.
Commissioner of Agriculture, Mrs. Ronke Sokefun who disclosed this in an interview recalled that already, the State had embarked on a 10- hectare cassava multiplication project where high yielding stem had been planted and would soon be distributed to farmers across the State.
Sokefun said while the State government is providing land and clearing equipment for the project, the Federal Government which had already constructed the road leading to the site would provide cassava stems to be planted there.
The Commissioner also disclosed that as it was planned for the rice plantation in Eggua in Yewa North Local Government, a cassava processing plant would be located close to the plantation to help process harvested cassava into finished or semi-finished products, saying the gesture would enhance price and the living condition of farmers.
Meanwhile, Sokefun said work at the ‘Green House Project’ to provide a controlled environment for the production of tomatoes, cucumber and green pepper in Kotopo and the Farmers Market in Asero had reached advanced stages. The two projects according to her, are to be commissioned by Governor Ibikunle Amosun next month.
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