FADAMA lll: Ondo Earmarks Land For Cassava Farming

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The FADAMA lll Additional Financing Progr-amme says it has approved the allocation of 91 hectares of land to cassava farmers in Ore, Ondo State, in the 2016 cropping season.
The Rural Institution Development Specialist, National FADAMA Project, Abuja, Mr Gbenga Arokoyo, stated this during a monitoring visit to Ajosepo cluster farm in Ore, Odigbo local government area, recently.
He said the gesture was to liberate farmers from poverty and boost agricultural production in the state.
He added that Fadama lll project was particularly aimed at empowering farmers to engage in commercial agriculture.
“Actually, we are here for the Mid-Term Review (MTR) in Ondo State but with what I saw today, the farmers are doing well”, he said.
According to Arokoyo, Fadama lll project was also planning to install a garri processing mill and construct a seven-kilometre feeder road for farmers.
Also Speaking, the Community Development Officer, Fadama lll, in Ondo State, Mrs Jumoke Bakare, said the state was supporting two cassava value chains and low-land rice production projects.
She disclosed that over 50 hectares of land, out of 91 hectares approved in for cassava farming in 2016 were under cultivation.
Bakare added that about 50 hectares of cassava have been planted and 41 hectares have yet to be planted, adding that over 200 hectares are available in Ore cluster farm.
She assured that there was room for people, who have interest in the programme, adding that the second phase of the programme will commence after the Easter festival.
She noted that already, some farmers had benefited from the low land rice production initiative in the state.
Also speaking, the chairman, Ore Cluster Cassava Farm, Mr Ezekiel  Ibitoye, thanked the Fadama lll AF programme for the opportunity given to the farmers in the area to partake in its projects.
He however appealed to Fadama lll to keep to its pledge to erect a “garri” processing mill and the construction of a seven kilometer feeder road.