EU, German Agency Commends Ogun For Supporting 3,000 Individuals On Tomato, Chili Pepper Project

The European Union and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) has commended Ogun State Government for the financial linkage and support for 3,000 individuals from Ogun State who have grown tomatoes successfully.

 The commendation which was made during a strategic retreat between GIZ-NICOP and Ogun State Government for improved Tomato/Chili production in Ogun State, held  at the Amithon Hall, Bolton White Hotel, Abuja on Thursday.

You will recall that the Nigeria Competitiveness Project (NICOP), which was launched in Abeokuta by the Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun MFR, in March 2020, is part of the Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme-SEDIN by European Union and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ). 

At the inception of the programme, the Governor of Ogun State approved free allocation of land for participants in the tomato/Chili Project project. 

At the strategic retreat which was aimed at deepening the ongoing partnership and enhancing coordination between Ogun State and GIZ, stakeholders commended the Government of Ogun State for the feat achieved in NICOP.  Some of the achievements recorded in the  Project include: Over 50ha of tomato and pepper farmland allocated for  farmers trained under the programme across the 20 LGAs of the State, 73 Clusters formed in all the 20 LGAs across the State,  Distribution of 100 Million Improved Tomato Seeds to Ogun Farmers in which farmers in all the 73 clusters benefited, Over 500 farmers in Ogun State received tomato seeds free of charge from State Government; 36 Extension Agents and 33 lead farmers trained as master trainers in which training was stepped down to the 2,567 beneficiaries; 2567 beneficiaries undergone training on Good Agricultural Practices and Financial Management; 1500 farmers presently cultivating improved tomatoes varieties as against the local varieties which was being cultivated before; 20 Processors trained on Improved technology in processing, branding and marketing; 301 farmers successfully linked to credit; 60% Youths and 35% female are new entries into the tomato/chili value chain; Over 200 farmers trained on Solar Irrigation System; More than 50% increase in yield and 80% increase in Income generation recorded. 

In attendance were the Ogun State Agric team which comprised of the Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture, Permanent Secretary, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Programme Head, Crop Component-Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme (OGADEP), Director of Fisheries, Director of Livestock, Director of Produce and Director of Tree Crops. Also present were representatives from GIZ-SEDIN Programme.

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