By Alaba-Olusola Oke, Akure.
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in conjunction with the Ondo State Government, has distributed farm inputs as palliatives to 50 farmers who were affected by flood in the state.
Distributing the items on Thursday in Akure, Mr Olayato Aribo, the Ondo State Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry, said that the farmers were thoroughly assessed and selected for the intervention.
Aribo said that IFAD provided 5,000 day-old chicks, 280 bags of broiler starter, 280 bags of fish feeds of various sizes and 84 bags of NPK 15:15:15 fertilizer for distribution to the beneficiaries.
He stressed that the distribution of the items was to ensure that the beneficiaries did not lose interest in their various farming enterprises.
The commissioner, who appreciated IFAD, said that the inputs would also encourage food security and employment generation.
Aribo thanked Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his magnanimity and courage by supporting the activities of the Amotekun Security Corps.
According to him, the security outfit has made it possible for farmers in the state to engage in their farming activities without molestation.
He urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the inputs, so that the efforts of the donor would be justified and result-oriented.
Mr Olawale Ademola, the State Coordinator of the IFAD/LIFE-ND Project, said that some beneficiaries of the project were affected by the recent across the state, which was reported to IFAD.
“IFAD decided to help them so that they would not lose interest in their farming. We had to compile the list. These are beneficiaries of IFAD-funded LIFE-ND.
“Some are for fisheries, some for the poultry business and some for cassava farming. So, today, IFAD has procured inputs through the project called Livelihood Improvements Family Enterprises in the Niger Delta (LIFE-ND).
“Today, we have bags of fertilizers, fish and poultry feeds, and 5,000 day-old chicks to be given to the flood victims of this project,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Bunmi Ogunleye, the IFAD Representative, appreciated the state government for creating an enabling environment for the IFAD/LIFE-ND Project to be successful in the state.
Ogunleye noted that the IFAD provided the palliatives, so as to bring the flood victims, who were beneficiaries of IFAD/LIFE-ND Project to their tracks again.
He advised the beneficiaries not to sell the items but to use them, as expected, for the benefit of improving their lives and boosting rural transformation.
Lauding the gesture, Mr Samuel Tinubu and Mrs Blessing Alama, some of the beneficiaries, said that the palliatives came as a surprise to them.
They promised to reciprocate the goodwill by living up to the expectations of the donor.