CSOS task cor­po­rate bod­ies to com­ple­ment govt’s ef­forts in agric

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - AGRO ECONOMY - From Oluwaseun Ak­ing­boye, Akure

CIVIL So­ci­ety Or­gan­i­sa­tions in Ondo State have urged pri­vate or­gan­i­sa­tions to com­ple­ment the ef­forts of the gov­ern­ment in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the group, Mr Franklin Oloniju, said this in Akure dur­ing a stake­hold­ers’ di­a­logue to ad­dress the chal­lenges fac­ing small­holder women farm­ers in the state. Oloniju ex­plained it was a five-year pub­lic sec­tor ac­count­abil­ity pro­gramme, tagged: Part­ner­ship to En­gage, Re­form and Learn (PERL), funded by the United King­dom, De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (DFID).

Ac­cord­ing to him, “The gov­ern­ment of Ondo State has recorded pos­i­tive strides in its con­tri­bu­tion to growth in the agri­cul­tural sec­tor re­sult­ing in mean­ing­ful economic de­vel­op­ment for all cit­i­zens.” Due to fi­nan­cial con­straints by the gov­ern­ment, Oloniju, who is the CEO of Life and Peace De­vel­op­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (LAPDO), urged the gov­ern­ment to de­vise new meth­ods of agri­cul­tural fi­nanc­ing.

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