The Oyo State government at the weekend said it got 25 metric tonnes of fertilisers and rice seedlings from Dangote Group of Companies.
The items are to be distributed to 292 rice farmers in the state.
In a statement by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the government said the distribution of the seedlings will start on July 19.
It noted that the fertilisers and rice seedlings showed the commitment of the state government to the Dangote Rice Outgrowership Scheme under the Oyo State Agric Initiative (AgricOyo).
Governor Abiola Ajimobi announced the scheme last month during the launch of WAMCO Milk Collection Centre at Saki.
Receiving the seedlings on behalf of the state government at OYSADEP Warehouse at Saki, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Fajimi Shakirullahi, noted that about 800 bags of fertilisers had been delivered at a warehouse in Awe for rice farmers in the area.
He said the remaining seedlings were for farmers in Oke-Ogun with about 500 hectares of farmland.
The governor’s aide said they were earmarked for pilot project, adding that the farmland was expected to increase to 6,000 hectares during next farming season.
Fajimi allayed fears that the fertilisers and seedlings might not get to genuine farmers, saying: “Farmers who registered with the government will benefit from this gesture. We know them. We have been meeting with them and they will surely benefit.