Agriculture And Food Security
A total of two hundred and sixty-one (261) farmers’ cooperative groups with a combined membership of four thousand, nine-hundred and fifteen (4,915) had been granted credit facilities to the tune of five hundred and thirty million, nine hundred and fifty-four thousand, one hundred and seventy six naira and thirty kobo (530, 954,176.30). The table below summarizes the intervention of government through the QIIP.
Over 5,000 new farmer cooperative groups registered in the state and about 11,500 farmers have been financially supported through which 16,000 new jobs were created.
·2,000 farmers supported to plant 1.3 million plantain suckers for refined plantain flour production
·Over 220 farmer groups financed to run the Osun Broiler Out-grower Scheme, OBOPS
·N500m loan to 4,000 small holder farmers
·Cooperative farmers in Kuta-Ikoyi supported to cultivate a 250 hectares vegetable farm cluster
·Cooperative groups are cultivating a-80 hectare yam farm cluster, for Elubo (Yam flour) production
·N153.6m agriculture finance loan for 66 farmer cooperative groups.
·Rice production at Onilapa (Ogbagba) on 410Ha of land aimed at increasing production yield from 1.5tonnes/hectare to 5tonnes/hectare.
·Supported FOB venture in Ede to increase its production capacity from 25,000 to 100,000 broilers per annum
·At least 50% of contact QIIP farmers linked to O’MEAL School Feeding Programme.
·Ongoing work on the establishment of soil and food laboratory to enhance the capacity of the State to monitor soil conditions at a relatively low cost and also to stimulate agricultural production and processing value chain on consistent and sustainable basis.
·Through the FADAMA 3 project, over 1,200 subprojects including boreholes, access roads, mini dams, abattoir, poultry pens, pig farms, agro-processing, agro-forestry were executed in 72 communities with 15,000 persons as direct beneficiaries.
Tree Crop Project
·500,000 cocoa seedlings, 6000 kola & 6000 bitter kola seedlings to be distributed free to cocoa and kola/bitter kola farmers respectively across the state.
·64,000 oil palm seedlings and 25,000 cashew seedlings raised free distribution to farmers.
· Under Ogbeni, Osun forestry reserve has grown to 90,000ha
Partnership with Feg-Agro Nig. Ltd (Osun Fisheries Out Growers Scheme [OFOPS] Scheme Manager) and the Association of Aquatic Farmers & Agro-processors of Nigeria (AAFAN), State of Osun branch to promote catfish production; processing for value addition, and support to 400 fish farmers (Outgrowers) with the sum of N212m.
·N126m provided to promote commercial cage culture practice for production of male tilapia on Okinni River, train youths and create over 100 jobs.
·Okuku Fish Farm under Osun Fisheries Outgrowers Scheme supported with N36, 800,000 to promote fish production and train youths.
·Partnership with TUNS Farm Nig Ltd (Osun Broilers Outgrowers Production Scheme [OBOPS] Scheme Manager), to promote broiler production, empower poultry farmers and create jobs with the sum of ¦ 539, 435,200
·Some 578 farms have been stocked with over 3,654,612 day-old-chicks from inception in 2011 and over N200m profit has been accrued to outgrowers in the scheme.
·FOB Ventures Abere-Ede road supported with N20m to expand its target production of broilers from 25,000 to 100,000 broiler units per annum.
·78Ha cattle hub established at Oloba in the State of Osun with a capacity of 10,000 cattle
·Additional 400 Ha and 1,600 Ha of land secured by the state government for development of two additional cattle hubs
·Successful fattening of 1,200 rams involving youths at three locations across the state in 2012 and fattening of 1,000 rams in one location in 2013
·Infrastructural development including construction of farm manager’s quarters and multi-purpose centre completed, at the cattle hub
·Construction of two commercial and six small holder feedlots
·Construction of pig breeding and fattening centres (modern training and demonstration centres that will serve local farmers in the state with piglets) at Leventis Foundation, Ilesa
NB the above–named schemes supply chicken and fish to O-MEALS food vendors to feed Grades 1 – 4 pupils in public schools in the state.
Animal Health Care (Veterinary Services)
·A new veterinary clinic built in Ejigbo and an 8-room kennel built in Osogbo Veterinary Centre.
Investment and Partnerships
·204.39 Ha allocated to International Institute of Tropical Agriculture for the establishment of a research and training farm at Ago Owu Farm Settlement
·Annual farmers’ open day, Odun Alagbinla instituted by IITA to distribute improved seed and seedlings to farmers across the state
·Commercial horticultural projects to produce tomatoes, pepper and sweet melon under greenhouse conditions.
·Construction of centralised modern abattoirs at Iwo, Osogbo, Ilesa and Ile-Ife as first phase in partnership with Hanfirqul Nig. Ltd commenced.
·Establishment of Commodity Purchase Scheme in conjunction with Unicapital Limited for maize and soyabean.
An Agric farm produce market development project on an initial six hectares of land is ongoing.