EKSG To Partner UNDP To Irrigate 2,100 Hectares Of Farm Land

May 16, 2013

As part of effort to improve food production, the Ekiti State Government is set to partner with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to irrigate about 2,100 hectares of farm land in the state.

The State Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mr Tayo Ekundayo who made this known in Ado-Ekiti, said the gesture which is meant to ensure adequate water supply to farmers in the state for bumper harvest all year round is at the instance of the three senators representing Ekiti State at the National Assembly as part of their constituency projects.

Mr. Tayo Ekundayo stated that about 300 million naira counterpart fund already deposited by Senators, Babafemi Ojudu, Anthony Adeniyi and Olubunmi Adetumbi is to fast track the process of the irrigation project.

He added that the project when completed will make Agriculture which is the dominant economic activity and main source of employment for about 70% of the state population become attractive.

The Commissioner who expressed confidence that the irrigation will be beneficial to the farmers, noted that the present administration is working round the clock to improve the Agriculture sector in the state.

Mr. Ekundayo who also described the Youth in Commercial Agriculture Development(Y-CAD) programme as one of the major steps towards engaging youths in large scale farming, reiterated government’s plans to ensure constant incentives for farmers in the state.

He however appealed to farmers in the state to always take advantage of different programmes of both the Federal and State governments adding that they should be registered and enumerated by the State Ministry of Agriculture.

Last modified: May 16, 2013

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