Against insinuations from some quarters that the recently launched MITROS Ofada rice by the State government, was not planted in Ogun State, local rice farmers at Eggua, in Yewa South Local Government Area, have debunked the insinuations as untrue.
The farmers made this known, while speaking with journalists during an on the spot assessment of the rice farm by the Governor and some members of the State Executive Council.
One of the farmers, Mrs. Taibat Titilayo Adetoro, who described the insinuations as unfounded, said, she and her colleagues engaged in planting all the rice that was launched by the State government, towards the end of last year.
‘’Eggua has fertile land suitable for planting of rice in the whole of Ogun State. With the support of the State Government, we planted, harvested and sent the rice to the mills for processing,’’ she submitted.
The Councillor, representing Eggua ward in Yewa South Local Government Area, Honourable Olukokun Anthony, who also spoke with newsmen, disclosed that, the rice were planted, harvested, processed and bagged in Ogun State.
Anthony said he was personally on ground, to monitor the farmers, during the planting and harvesting period, adding that the State Government has more than 5000 hectares of farmland that was cultivated with irrigation system, provided for dry season farming.
Governor Amosun on his part commended the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Adepeju Adebajo and her staff, for working tirelessly, at ensuring the success of the rice production.