In a bid to revolutionize the agricultural landscape and enhance the livelihoods of farmers, the Kwara State Government has launched a ten-year plan, promoting cluster farming as a key strategy.
Mrs. Oloruntoyosi Thomas, the Honorable Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, highlighted the government’s call for Kwara farmers to adopt cluster farming, stating that this approach would not only improve transparency and accountability but also address security concerns. Additionally, she stressed the need for a robust database among farmers to facilitate targeted interventions by the government.
Outlining the comprehensive plans of the state government, Commissioner Thomas expressed the aim to enhance crop productivity, improve access to finance, establish markets for selling agricultural produce, and position Kwara for entry into the export market.
As part of the plea for collaboration, the commissioner appealed to investors to join hands with the state government in achieving its ambitious ten-year transformation plan for the agricultural sector.
Muhammad Saliu, the state coordinator on rice production, commended the state government and the Ministry of Agriculture for their proactive measures in addressing challenges faced by farmers, particularly in rice production.
Saliu emphasized that the Ministry has begun the process of identifying genuine farmers and has designated lands in Omu-Aran and surrounding areas for rice farming. He assured the citizens of Kwara that local rice production would meet high-quality standards for consumption.
The State Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) announced that the government is preparing to host the seventh Agric Trade Fair. During this event, farmers will showcase their crops and equipment, fostering interaction among farmers.
The Ministry of Agriculture will also conduct lectures on modern farming techniques to further equip and educate farmers in line with current best practices.