Twenty-SIX agricultural cooperative societies from six local government areas in Ogun State have been supported with N26million grant, to improve their farming techniques and increase food supply in the state.
The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ms. Adenrele Adesina, presenting cheques to beneficiaries in Abeokuta, advised them to use the grant for the right purpose and ensure every member of the cooperative benefited from it.
According to her, the grant was the highpoint to round up a three -day Agricultural Production Improvement course for Ogun State Agricultural Cooperative Societies in six local government areas under the 2015 Conditional Grant Scheme (CGS)-LGAS Track Project.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Adekunle Hassan said the training programme, organised by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President (OSSAP) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Ogun State Government, in collaboration with a Management Consulting firm, Kunle Akiode& Co., would be extended to other local government areas, adding that beneficiaries would be monitored by government officials to ensure judicious utilisation of the grant.
The Assistant Secretary, Farmers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Branch, representing Ifo Local Government, Mr Paul Adekunle, described the programme as an eye opener for members, as many of them had been exposed to new, better and easier farming skills.