School Feeding Program: Oyo assures farmers of high patronage
by Akinremi Feyisipo, Ibadan
November 8, 2017 | 12:07 am| | | Start Conversation
The Oyo state Government has assured farmers in the state of high patronage of their local farm produce through the Federal Government initiated Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).
This assurance was given by Oyewole Oyewumi, commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Oyo State while addressing farmers and stakeholders on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, held at the Conference Room, Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development in Ibadan recently.
The commissioner noted that the HGSFP, aimed at encouraging pupils to stay in school, increase school enrolment as well as improving their potentials, will also assist in the patronage of local agricultural produce for farmers.
In her remarks, Adeyinka Onabolu, senior adviser on food security and nutrition to the Minister, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, reiterated that the HGSFP would patronise local farm products through the state Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development.
She explained that the state ministry of agric involvement is to put in place storage and aggregate structures whereby local agricultural produce can be stored in order to maintain quality nutrition for the pupils in public primary Schools.
Speaking, Olapeju Phorbee, a member, Group International Potatoes Center, urged the farmers in the state to concentrate more on planting of Orange Flesh Sweet potatoes which is not seasonal but can be harvested within 3 months, adding that it contains Vitamin A that is not in other sweet potato varieties.
She therefore enjoined the HGSFP team to incorporate Orange Flesh Sweet potatoes product in their food menus.
In his response on behalf of the farmers, Adewinbi Nathaniel commended the Federal Government for the pragmatic efforts in ensuring quality food for pupils and improving the standard of education, pledging that farmers are ready to be proactive in producing farm products.
Akinremi Feyisipo, Ibadan
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