Member representing Ikeja Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable James Faleke has commenced an elaborate agripreneurship scheme among farmers in the western senatorial district of Kogi state.
Speaking with journalists in Lokoja, the Managing Consultant of the scheme, Dr. Tunde Arosanyin explained that the program is anchored by the National Productivity Centre (NPC) and facilitated by Faleke, an indigene of Kogi.
According to Arosanyin, six hundred farmers in Kabba/Bunu and Ijumu local government areas of Kogi state have been empowered towards improving food security and stimulate economic growth in the state.
He said the programme is expected to cover the Western Senatorial district of Kogi state and run into early part of next year.
The agriculture expert said the farmers involved have been placed on a ten thousand naira monthly each for the next six months with one million naira input given as their capital base.
According to Arosanyin, the primary and secondary crops involved by the clusters farmers are sesame, maize, groundnut and improved cassava stems.
He added that solar lights and boreholes have been provided for the farmers on their cluster farms to achieve set goals.
Arosanyin said the products from the scheme will be taken as a buy back by the companies involved in the partnership.
He reiterated the commitment of Hon. Faleke to work in tandem with Federal Government policy of reducing unemployment through agriculture by providing job for the nation’s teeming youths as well the state government initiatives of agricultural revolution.