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Mr Muyideen Adekunle, the Chairman, Nigeria Cassava Growers Association (NCGA), Oyo State chapter, has assured farmers that the Federal Government would support with funds nationwide.
Adekunle told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Thursday that each farmer who had not received the loan disbursed in January would receive N150,000 per hectare.
He disclosed that about 5,000 farmers were registered in Oyo State but that only 330 farmers who already owned cassava farms received the loan at the initial stage of the disbursement.
“The Federal Government is planning to continue the allocation of the loan; but now government is ready to give to all registered farmers whether old or new, so they can all participate in the new planting season.
“ We are hoping for the loan to go round, if not among the 5,000 registered farmers, but at least 2,000 farmers, so they can increase their production level.”
Adekunle said that the association had about 250,000 hectares of land made available to farmers to encourage those who were interested in cassava farming.
“If not for the challenges farmers face in accessing incentives to cultivate cassava, the association in Oyo State have more than 250,000 hectares in different local governments.”
The chairman also appealed to government to increase the amount of money that would be rolled out nationwide.
“Out of 50,000 farmers that were supposed to get the funds nationwide, government only released money to 8,000 farmers.
“We hope that government will do more so that the funds will be sufficient to farmers,” Adekunle said