Six hundred farmers in Kabba/Bunu and Ijumu Local Government Areas of Kogi State have been empowered towards improving food security and stimulate economic growth.
The empowerment scheme is anchored by the National Productivity Center and facilitated by the member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Biodun Faleke.
Managing Consultant of the Scheme, Dr. Tunde Arosanyin who spoke with newsmen in Lokoja shortly after the flag off of the program said the programme is expected to cover the Western Senatorial district of Kogi State and run into early part of next year.
Arosanyin said the farmers involved have been placed on a monthly stipends ten thousand naira each for the next six months with one million naira input given as their capital base.
According to the Consultant, the primary and secondary crops involved by the clusters farmers are sesame, maize, groundnut and improved cassava stems.
He also stressed solar lights and boreholes have been provided for the farmers on their cluster farms to achieve set goals.
On the security of the farms, Arosanyin said the farmers have employed vigilantes to protect their crops to avoid any clashes with herders.
Arosanyin said the products from the scheme will be taken as a buy back by the Companies involved in the partnership.
He reiterated the commitment of the lawmaker Biodun Faleke to work in tandem with Federal Government policy of reducing unemployment through agriculture by providing job for the nation’s teeming youths as well the State Government initiatives of agricultural revolution.