The Oyo State Government said it had distributed agricultural inputs in the form of rice seeds, agro-chemicals and liquid fertilisers worth over N4.4m to rice farmers in seven local government areas of the state.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development in the state, Mr. Bimbo Kolade, said that a total of 175 rice farmers in seven Fadama III participating council areas had been provided with rice seeds, agro-chemicals and fertilisers to boost rice production.
Kolade listed the councils as Oyo West, Atisbo, Saki West, Surulere, Ido, Akinyele and Ogo Oluwa.
The commissioner said that his ministry, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, had evolved the state rice development strategy. This, he said, would serve as the blueprint to guide its rice development initiatives.
He described the distribution of the agricultural inputs as a demonstration of the Ajimobi administration’s commitment to improving rice production to transform the state to a major player in the nearest future.
Kolade said that the state government was participating fully in the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda in about seven out of the 14 selected commodities.