ASABAâ€” Delta State government has promised to give financial and technical assistance to tomato farmers in Idumu-Ogo in Aniocha North local government area to expand their crop production.
The Executive Assistant to the Governor on Micro-credit, Dr. Antonia Ashiedu, gave the promise when she visited Idumu-Ogo community to sensitize the tomato farmers on the workings of the state micro credit programme.
According to the DMCP boss, the visit was to get the first hand information on the challenges affecting the tomato farmers in the community and how government could come in to give them the enabling assistance.
She told the farmers that the project was initiated by the government of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to engage the economically weak Deltans on small and medium scale enterprise to improve their standard of living, adding that its loan which is interest free is to be payable before the expiration of fifteen months.
While addressing the farmers to organize themselves into cluster groups to enable them access the DMCP credit loans and win more members into their fold, Dr. Ashiedu promised the farmers that the state government will help them with new variety of tomato seed, tractor and water to irrigate the farm land.
She said Idumuje Micro-financial Bank is one of the 27 Micro-Finance Banks selected by the state government to disburse the credit loan, in addition to complementing the state government on mentoring, evaluating, accessing and monitoring the activities of the farmers for positive output.
The Executive Assistant who urged the farmers to tap into the programme to expand their business, also said that the DMCP will partner with the research institutes to find ways to improve the variety of their kind of tomatoes; as well as employ the services of the media to advertise their product.