BY Dayo Johnson
Akure-OVER N151.4 million has been disbursed to at least 31 FADAMA Community Associations in Ondo State under the FADAMA III Project in the last two years.
The Commissioner for Agriculture Mr. Ademola Olorunfemi, said 67 FADAMA user’s groups had also benefited from the disbursement in 14 local government areas of the state.
Olorunfemi during the distribution of the cheques to the beneficiaries noted that the benefiting groups and associations had met conditions for assessing the fund.
He said: “Under the project, 41 small scale community owned infrastructure such as market stalls, boreholes and culverts are either ongoing in the state.”
The Commissioner said 1192 assets including battery cages, water pumping machines, canoes, goat pens and fish ponds had either been procured or constructed, stressing that 199 Fadama User’s groups had benefited from the project’s inputs supports while 37 others had been impacted with advisor services in the area of improved management of crops, livestock and fishery.
Olorunfemi promised that the state government would continue to support FADAMA 111 Project financially with the necessary political will, to empower community associations, user’s groups, which to a large extent, must be reciprocated for the benefit of FADAMA farmers.
The Southwest coordinator of the project, Mr. Rasak Salawu, advised the latest beneficiaries to visit the earlier beneficiaries for knowledge on the utilization of the fund.
Salawu said the project was conceived for the poorest of the poor in the rural communities and not for the farmers that could afford tractors to work on their farms.
Speaking, the State Project Coordinator, Mrs. Beatrice Adefulire, said the World Bank Team would visit the state to assess the utilization of the fund earlier disbursed to farmers under the project.
Adefulire urged beneficiaries to use the money judiciously because it is only when they do this that they can ask for more.