As part of ongoing reforms in the state’s agriculture sector, the Edo State Government has called for off-takers of farm produce and livestock products to bid in its Agricultural Entrepreneurship Development Programme (AGEDEP).
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme, Prince Joe Okojie, the government said, “The programme, which has spurred massive production and created youth agripreneurs in the crop and livestock value chains, is seeking for off-takers.”
Okojie said the state’s AGEDEP is part of government’s drive to stimulate market access and secure agricultural investments in the state, adding, “We expect applications from qualified firms/organisations in agribusiness to take advantage of the scheme to procure farm produce and products. The farm products include: maize, cassava, rice, soya bean and plantain. While the livestock products include: beef (cattle), pork (pig) and broilers/eggs.”
He said, “Interested bidders are expected to provide a bank instrument showing their financial capacity to off-take and provide consent instrument to off-take the products at prevailing market price.
He noted that pick-up for off-takers of cassava roots will be at the farm gate, adding that applications and enquiries are “processed at the Office of the Special Adviser, Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security Programme, Edo State Government House, Benin City.”
The agripreneur programme is an initiative of the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to spur agribusiness in the state and drive an aggressive food security plan. The programme engages youths to take to farming as a means of sustainable livelihood while providing them with input, advisory, technical and financial support.
Some of the initiatives under the scheme such as the Sobe Farm project are carried out in partnership with SARO Agroscience, with which the state is running an outgrower arrangement.