The 100,000 metric tonnes silo being constructed in Ekiti State by the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development will be ready for use by December, the minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Najeem Adewale Awodele, has said.
Mr. Awodele, while on a visit to the state governor, Segun Oni, yesterday, expressed
confidence that the completion date for the silo would be met.
He added that apart from Ekiti State, other adjoining states would benefit immensely from the project, saying that government was no longer interested in just talking about its developmental plans for the agric sector.
He also promised that distribution of tractors would be flagged off in Ibadan, Oyo State, this week, assuring that Ekiti State would get its own allocation from the tractors immediately after the flag off.
Mr. Oni urged the federal government to assist the state in urbanising its farm settlements, saying the state government will not relent in its efforts at providing basic amenities like roads, electricity, water, and others for the farm settlements.
He also said the state government would soon open a Register of Output, so as to be able to target farmers output. “Ekiti has spent so much money on subsidies,but it has not been able to get anywhere,” he said.
“Henceforth, we are going to be making subsidies in form of loans, seedlings, and others available to genuine farmers based on their output. Therefore, all those who are farmers only by way of associations and cooperatives must be ready to go to the farm and do the real farming, if they want to
continue to benefit from government subsidies.”
“We have had more than enough of agric on paper that we should now be asking what the farmers delivered last year,” he said.
Ultimatum on roads
Mr. Oni also directed the contractor handling the newly re-awarded
Ikole-Ara-Isinbode road to ensure completion of the road within the
next two months.
He gave the directive while inspecting construction work on the 19-kilometre road.
Also speaking after inspecting the 12-kilometre Irele-Ponyan road,
the governor commended the contractor for doing a good job, stressing
that when completed, the inter-state road would improve cultural and
economic ties between the people of Ekiti and Kogi States.