By Nefishetu Yakubu
Izevbigie told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview in Benin that the creation of the jobs was made possible by the state government through the payment of the counterpart funds for the project in 2019.
“The project is being implemented in 15 Local Government Areas with six components such as capacity building, advisory services and input support and small scale community owned infrastructure among others,” he said.
Izevbigie explained that the project had succeeded in empowering 554 farmers in the area of rice production where the state has a comparative advantage
The project also empowered 280 farmers to cultivate 280 hectares of rice in Iguoriajhi in Ovia South and Iguomo/Aideyanba in Ovia North East council areas.
Following the achievements recorded in 2019, he said that the state government has just released the counterpart funds for 2020.
He, however, disclosed that more than 500 farmers had been profiled under the state government sustainable agricultural plan for dry season farming.