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OYSG Trains Agric Extension Officers on Farmer’s Booking Application



Following its pledges to subsidize 50% farm land cutting to enhance food security, the Oyo State Government has begun the training of its Agricultural Extension Officers and Directors of Agriculture across the local governments.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, while declaring open the training at the House of Chiefs, Agodi, State Secretariat, said that the training was in collaboration with Hello Tractor Organisation, saying that this will help the beneficiaries on how to use the application to register the details of farmers such as their local government, farm location and the coordinate of their farm lands.
The Commissioner added that the application would enable the government to have the details of farmers in the state.
Barrister Olaleye hinted that the application would help in knowing the acres of land to be cultivated, the types of crops and the size of land farms they wish to invest in, and said that this would enable the government to come to their aid.
According, to him, the state government is training the participants on farmers booking applications, and this will help the state government to know the details of the farmers such as the size of the farms, crops types and more.
He stated further that the application will equally reveal the location of the farm right from the office and that it will also help in monitoring the activities of the Agric Extension Officers across the 33 local governments in the state.
The commissioner explained that the state government would leave no stone unturned  to ensure that farmers are encouraged through various support by  eliminating their sufferings, stressing that this would enhance food security in the state.
In her welcome address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mrs. Christiana Abioye urged the participants to pay   attention to the training, saying that after their retirement, they can as well be an agent to Hello Tractors Organisation.
While encouraging farmers on the need to take proper coordinate of farmers’ farm land, the General Manager, Agricultural Credit Cooperation of Oyo State, Comrade Ogundiran said that the training coincided with the planting season, when farmers would need more funds to clear land for farming.
He thanked the government for being proactive in ensuring food security in the state.
In her address, the Team Lead and facilitator, Hello Tractor Organisation Ltd, Miss Blessing Agu, commended the Oyo State Government for its various ongoing efforts in supporting framers in the state, saying that farmers are facing many challenges.
This, according to her, has drastically reduced food production in the country and Oyo State generally.
—–Kunle Bakare.
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