Governor Olusegun Mimiko
James Sowole in Akure
Ondo State Government Thursday said about 50,000 households are now benefiting from the various intervention of the Fadama III Project in the state with an increase in the average income of the farmers from N125,000 to N186,810 in 2011.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Ademola Olorunfemi, who disclosed this in Akure, at a news briefing, said the results of the survey conducted on the Fadama project represents 49 per cent increase in the income of the Fadama users’ household.
According to him, the project had helped in the efforts to reduce rural poverty, increase food security and contribute to the achievement of key Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in the state.
Olrunfemi, who said the project had helped in rural development and empowerment of farmers in the state, said about 5,000 farmers could evacuate their farm produce to markets and towns with the construction of 60 kilometre Fadama access roads an culverts in 90 communities.
Similarly, the commissioner said the government had funded building of markets under Fadama III Project just as 32 rural markets consisting of both open and lock up shops had been put in place for the socio-economic development of farmers under the project.
The commissioner also disclosed that over 2,500 Fadama farmers have access to water for productive activities in processing, livestock, cropping and fishery through the project’s intervention in the construction of boreholes and deep well in different locations of the state Fadama communities.
Specifically, Olorunfemi said 15 boreholes had been constructed and articulated for various farming activities just as the project had sunk 94 deep well with overhead tanks for agro processors, livestock, fish farmers and domestic use of the Fadama communities.
The commissioner commended Governor Olusegun Mimiko for the prompt release of the counterpart fund for the project, which accounted for what had been achieved under the project in the state.