SAfER: Oyo empowers 1,407 farmers with N460m

As part of its Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER) initiative to cushion the effect of economic hardship on residents, Oyo State Government has given out N460million loan to farmers to grow their farming businesses.

The sum is part of the N1billion promised by Governor Seyi Makinde to ensure food security, following the removal of subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly called petrol.

Food security is one of the key components of the SAfER initiative.

The loans, made available to farmers from all parts of the state, were routed through banks, including Bank of Agriculture, Ibadan branch; Bank of Agriculture, Iseyin branch; Bank of Agriculture, Oyo branch; Onibu-Ore Microfinance Bank, Ibadan; Ifedapo Microfinance Bank, Saki; Igboora Microfinance Bank, Igboora and Randalpha Microfinance Bank, Ogbomoso.

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Speaking about the single-digit loans to farmers, the Chairman of SAfER Committee, Otunba Segun Ogunwuyi, said the second phase, which would witness the disbursement of N550million to different categories of farmers, would soon begin.

Urging the beneficiaries to make the most of the opportunity to ensure Oyo State has food security, Ogunwuyi, who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor, said the state would continue to support farmers.

He said the loans are available to farmers irrespective of their religious or political leanings.

Said he: “No farmer needs to know anyone in government to access the loans. All anyone interested in the loan has to do is to obtain the form from one of the banks, fill it and return it to the bank. The bank will carry out their assessment and provide the loan for any farmer who satisfies the requirements.”

The state government had, through the SAfER initiative, also given out 24,000 bags of 50kg maize to 2,000 poultry farmers, just as it distributed fish feeds to 1,000 farmers.

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