By: Olorunfemi Ojo
Nigeria – The Chairman, Senate Committee of Finance, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (APC. Lagos West) as part of his efforts to achieve food security in face of agricultural production disruptions of recent time has distributed seedlings to farmers across the Lagos West Senatorial District and beyond.
The distribution which took place amid heavy downpour at the premises of Lagos State Television, Ikeja, according to his Media Adviser, Chief Kayode Odunaro includes improved variety of melon(Egusi) seeds, Pumpkin (Ugwu ) seeds, maize seed, plantain suckers and cassava stems.
The Senator who was represented by Barrister Babatunde Rajh-Label, the Director General of Senator Adeola Support Groups, said the gesture was aimed at equipping farmers to be able to provide needed food items for the district and reduce total dependence on food items from other parts of the country.
Senator Adeola, Odunaro said, used the occasion to advice youths to embrace agriculture and agricultural value chains because South West Nigeria is blessed with arable land that can be used to cultivate all sorts of food items all year round.
Some of the farmers who spoke with newsmen at the distribution centre applauded Senator Solomon Adeola for counting them worthy of empowerment in addition to the 3500 he is empowering for through entrepreneurship development and skills acquisition, grants and equipment saying the seedlings would go a long way in boosting their agricultural business.
However, like Oliver twist, the leader of Agbe Loba Group in Alimosho Area, Mr. Felix Faturoti appealed to government at all levels to make access to loan easier for farmers in order to assist them acquire some farm equipment and machines, adding that other political office holders should emulate Senator Adeola whose direct impact on thousands of constituents are undeniable and there for all to see.