The Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said the state government had secured the World Bank’s support for its agriculture and rural development initiative.
Fayemi said the initiative called, Rural Access and Marketing Programme, would connect Ekiti rural communities to the urban centres and market places.
He added that it would enhance the reconstruction of farm settlements many of which were built in the 1950s by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo but were not put into good use.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Yinka Oyebode, in Ado Ekiti on Monday stated that Fayemi said this in Isan Ekiti on Sunday.
The governor said the initiative would help provide basic amenities at the farm settlements to encourage farmers in the areas to focus on their agricultural activities.
He said, “One of my assistants is going to be focusing on agriculture and farmsteads because in the course of my campaigns, I went round those farmsteads.
“My wife also toured the farmsteads extensively. There are things that are required by the people in those farms that will make their work a lot better in terms of social amenities, social investment, in terms of ensuring that we connect the farms to the market.
“So, we have another initiative that is being supported by the World Bank which is known as the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Programme. This is meant to assist us to connect our rural communities to the urban centres and the market places.
“This is in the hope that we can also reconstruct our farm settlements, provide the necessary amenities there and ensure that our people stay back in those places without missing the amenities they ought to have if they were to be in the cities.”