FG donates 100m tomato seedlings to farmers in Ogun

Federal Government on Saturday in Abeokuta donated 100 million tomato seedlings to farmers in Ogun.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that seedlings were donated by Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), under Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.

Presenting seedlings at the of pre-season training for farmers,RMRDC Director-General, Prof. Hussaini Ibrahim, said it was imperative to boost   tomato production in state.

Ibrahim, who was represented by RMRDC State Coordinator, Mr Abiola, noted that presentation of tomato seedlings was to sustain development in its value-chain.

He, however, urged beneficiaries to judicious use of input for a sustainable growth in tomato cultivation.

In his remarks, state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina,  noted that state government would continue to take advantage of policies and projects of empowering  farmers and contribute to socio-economic growth of state.

Odedina disclosed that a 10-hectare  plots of would be set aside for the planting of the seedlings across the three senatorial districts  in the state.

He said that the  state was at the forefront of  being the largest tomato production in the South-West.

Also speaking, the  state Commissioner for  Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Kikelomo Longe, commended the  agency for its immense contributions to agro-boosting programmes in the country.

Represented by the Director of Industrial Promotion, Mr Akintanmide, Longe said that the donation was targeted at farmers to produce adequate quantities of tomato towards meeting local and international demands.

She enjoined the farmers to maximise the various financial inclusion programmes and policies of the state government towards promoting Micro Small and Medium Enterprise with single digit interest rate.Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr Ade Daniel and Mrs Patricia Martins, expressed joy for the support,  promising that there would be abundant yields of tomato with what was given to them  (NAN)