Off-takers of maize, cassava and rice have been called upon by the Government of Edo State under the coming planting season of Agripreneur project.
Prince Joe Okojie, Special Adviser to Edo State Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme has reiterated the state’s commitment to linking off-takers to farmers in order to reduce post-harvest losses and guarantee agricultural investments in the state.
In his words, “The off-takers would mop up the harvest from the farms, and we can assure that the produce would be of the best quality because we are working with experts to train the farmers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and also supply the best of inputs to ensure that the produce meet standards”.
“This is also another avenue for the state governor to ensure that youths going into agriculture are assured of buyers and aggregators for their produce, so they are motivated to stay on the farms and are assured of returns on investment.”
The Agripreneur programme was initiated by the state government to engage youths in agribusiness, provide them with land, assist in farm management and facilitate access to high-yielding crop varieties and other inputs.
The programme was piloted in 2017 with some of the farmers located at the Sobe Farm settlement.