PDP, Akinjide, woo Oyo farmers

PDP launches an empowerment program for farmers in Oyo state.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, and the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Olajumoke Akinjide, has launched an empowerment program for farmers in the state.

The program, which began on Saturday, is targeted at farmers in the 33 Local Government Areas of the State where the party is working to recover lost sympathisers.

The party lost the last general elections in the state to the Action Congress of Nigeria, and is jostling for a comeback in the next election.

The empowerment program kicked off with about 100 farmers from six local government areas of Ibadan North-East, Lagelu, Egbeda, Oluyole, Ona Ara, Akinyele and Ido.

Ms. Akinjide, explained that the empowerment program is for all farmers, regardless of party inclination. She said the program is also an offshoot of government’s determination to diversify the economy.

“The nation can’t depend on oil and gas sector only,” she said. “The government is therefore diversifying to other sectors of the economy including agriculture and rural development.”

The empowerment program plans to support farmers in Oyo State through training on modern farming techniques and agric-businesses. The programme also plans to support the farmers with tractors, seedlings, fertilizers, as well as extension workers to supervise their various stages of production.

Ms. Akinjide also said the PDP would partner with microfinance banks to provide low-cost funding for the farmers.

The Chairman of Oyo State PDP, Kunmi Mustapha, said the program would be extended to other local governments in the state.

“We are starting with six local government areas of Ibadan North-East and would be extended to other local governments. The programme is for the 33 local governments.” he said.

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