More than 2000 farmers residing in Ondo North Senatorial district have received support through a fertilizer distribution program.
This program, spearheaded by the Senator representing the district, Pastor Jide Ipinsagba was undertaken to strengthen the region’s capacity for self-sufficiency in food production.
During the event, Ipinsagba reiterated that empowering local farmers had been one of the commitments he made to his constituents during his campaign and underscored the importance of this program in order to make President Tinubu’s agricultural agenda more accessible at the grassroots level.
Senator Ipinsagba represented by his legislative aide, Hon. Aladetimehin Olusola, urged farmers to consider expanding their cultivation efforts by planting both food and cash crops as this approach would not only satisfy the demands of the locals but also ensure the well-being of their own families.
He highlighted that the free distribution of fertilizer would be instrumental in helping farmers achieve their goals of actively contributing to the advancement of agriculture and ensuring food security in the state.
Speaking further, he encouraged the citizens of Ondo state to support the administration led by Governor Akeredolu, recognizing the substantial growth experienced by the state in the past seven years under his leadership, particularly concerning food production.
“I want to express my sincere apologies for my absence, as we have been thoroughly engaged in our oversight functions”
“During my campaign tour, I promised to support our hardworking farmers. I pledged to stand by them, and I am proud to announce that I have fulfilled that promise.”
He implored the farmers and all residents of the state to exercise patience with both the state and federal governments, stressing that the steps being taken were geared towards enriching the lives of all Nigerians and strengthening the nation’s economy.
In her remarks, Mrs. Sadeko Modupe, representing the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) cautioned the farmers against selling the fertilizers at unreasonable prices.
She emphasized the significance of fertilizers in providing essential nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus to plants. She explained that this results in increased crop yields, improved quality of crops, enhanced marketability, and greater overall value.