Determined to exploit opportunities to deepen market development in the state, United Kingdom-funded Market Development in the Niger Delta (MADE) and Novus Agro have concluded plans to provide loans and extension service to farmers in the Edo Food and Agriculture Cluster (Edo-FAC), a training and aggregation facility, set up by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration.
The farmers have opportunities to access inputs and other services such as improved seedlings, herbicides, land preparation logistics and access to market.
This was disclosed during a community engagement workshop held at Uhi Community, in line with Governor Obaseki’s desire to alleviate the sufferings of farmers in Edo State.
Speaking on the event, Head EdoJobs, Mrs. Ukinebo Dare, said that Edo-FAC has commenced visitation and community engagement with farmers in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state.
“During the meeting with the farmers in the community, the farmers were enlightened on the role government plays through Edo-FAC in ensuring they sell their farm produce after harvest.
Representatives of Novus Agro, Stephanie Malu, said the company and MADE also discussed the existing opportunities for farmers which include; access to loans in form of improved seedlings, herbicides, land preparation logistics, provision of market for their farm produce and aggregators.
The farmers expressed joy towards the governor’s willingness to assist them by getting aggregators (bulk buyers) to buy off their farm produce.