The Osun State Government said it would do everything possible to support farmers to ensure abundant food production in the state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Quick Impact Intervention Programme (QIIP), Mr Dele Ogundipe, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Osogbo.
He said the government would continue to support the Piggery Farmers’ Association for abundant meat production and urged pig farmers to support the state government’s vision toward improved food production to reap more gains.
The support, he noted, would enable the farmers to enjoy QIIP loans through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.
He added that “pig farming business should not be handled with levity, rather, it should be handled with utmost interest for the desired abundant profit and the benefits embedded in the business to be achieved.
“I, therefore, want to advise farmers to brace up toward the progress of pig farming business in Osun State as Gov. Rauf Aregbesola is ready to support them for the benefit of the citizenry.’’
He announced that the state government had started Artificial Insemination (AI) of female pigs in the three senatorial districts of the state, which he said the government spent huge amount of money on.
Ogundipe advised pig farmers not to see the business as a way of boosting food production only, but as a job and wealth creation venture.