Kwara leg­is­la­tors go into farm­ing, se­cure N1.4m loan each

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST - From Romoke W. Ah­mad, Ilorin

The eighth leg­is­la­ture of the Kwara House of Assem­bly has es­tab­lished 300 hectares of farm­land in Eji­don­gari, Moro Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state.

The farm which is non­govern­men­tal and prof­i­to­ri­ented is owned by the 24 mem­bers in­clud­ing the Speaker, Dr Ali Ah­mad.

The ini­tia­tive of the house fo­cuses on the de­ter­mi­na­tion of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion in the state to take agri­cul­ture as a key driver of the state econ­omy.

The law­mak­ers cul­ti­vated soy­beans and maize in line with the An­chor Bor­row­ers programme sup­ported by the Cen­tral Bank of Nigeria.

The Speaker while speak­ing with jour­nal­ists at the farm re­cently said the visit to the farm was sym­bolic and a means of show­ing to the world that agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion is the way for­ward that will take Nigeria out of re­ces­sion

The Speaker said the law­mak­ers took the ad­van­tage of one bil­lion loan that was ac­cessed by the state govern­ment which ear­marked N40 mil­lion to the House with each mem­bers ob­tain­ing N1.4mil­lion.

The Speaker also charged the elec­torate to en­gage the in­com­ing lo­cal govern­ment chair­men in the 16 lo­cal govern­ment to in­vest in mech­a­nised agri­cul­ture .

The Chair­man House Com­mit­tee on Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources, Al­haji Ishi­aku Aliyu Adams, com­mended the state govern­ment for the op­por­tu­nity which has made them proud own­ers of the 300 hectares farm­lands.

The state Com­mis­sioner for Agri­cul­ture Mr Bamidele Ade­goke said the farm was a tes­ti­mony of the sin­cer­ity of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion in the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the econ­omy into agri­cul­ture and food se­cu­rity.

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