EDO State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has assured farmers in the state of Government support. This is to enable them measure up to the level of attaining food sufficiency in the state.
The governor made this disclosure while commemorating the World Food Day, marked every October 16, by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and other organs of the United Nations (UN).
He said that some of the agricultural programmes and policies of the state government which include the Edo Food and Agriculture Cluster (Edo-FAC), the revamp of the Edo State Fertiliser and Chemical Company Limited, as well as creating the environment for private investors in the agricultural sector to flourish, are all geared towards achieving the Zero Hunger target set for 2030 as captured in the Zero Hunger Challenge.
In his remarks, “As we mark the World Food Day, I congratulate farmers for their immense contribution to feeding the country, toiling in the farm to ensure that we have food on the table. It is important to highlight the difficulty many farmers go through in making this happen. But, as a government, we are committed to reducing these stress and losses faced by farmers in rural arears.
He said that the government has just set up Edo-FAC, at Ehor, to serve at least 3000 farmers in the area, with the full complement of a training centre to build capacity and fast-track access to market. The state also enjoys the presence of plantation owners that are rapidly expanding due to the conducive environment we have created to drive inclusive growth.”
According to the World Food Programme (WFP), World Food Day is about Zero Hunger—a Global Goal for the world to achieve together. WFP has 15 years to end hunger around the world. Reaching it will save countless lives and build brighter futures for us all.