The European Union and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), have praised the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his administration’s effort in supporting over 3,000 tomato and pepper farmers.
The commendation was made during a strategic retreat between GIZ-NICOP and the State Government for improved Tomato/Chili production in Ogun State, which was held in Abuja.
AgroNigeria gathered that 3,000 individuals are now producing and selling under the EU/GIZ/FG Nigeria Competitiveness Project (NICOP).
The Nigeria Competitiveness Project (NICOP), which was launched in March 2020 in Abeokuta by the Ogun state government, is part of the Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme-SEDIN by the European Union and GIZ.
Governor Abiodun who was represented by the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina, noted that the state government approved the free allocation of land for participants in the Tomato/Chili Project.
Abiodun stated some of the achievements of the project including the allocation of over fifty hectares of tomato and pepper farmlands to farmers trained under the programme across the twenty LGAs of the State.
In addition, 320 million increase of income for beneficiaries; 144 percent increase in jobs; distribution of 100 million improved tomato seeds to Ogun farmers in all the 73 clusters formed in all twenty LGAs across the State have benefited.
According to the governor, over 500 farmers in Ogun State have received tomato seeds, free of charge from the State Government; 36 extension agents and 33 lead farmers have also been trained as master trainers in which training was stepped down to 2,567 beneficiaries.