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By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

The Ogun State Civil Servants has been charged to engage in farming to improve their standard of living in the face of the current socio-economic challenges in the country.

The Head of Service, Mr Abayomi Sobande, who gave the charge during the re- launch of “ Oja Irorun”, a farmers-direct market dedicated for the State public servants at Oke-mosan, Abeokuta, said it was time civil servants engage in farming to earn additional income.

“If our civil servants and youths in the State engage themselves in various farming activities, it will not only bring less pressure or dependent on government, but also create employment opportunities for the teeming youths and additional income to the workers”. he said.

He pointed out that farming was one of the approved business that public servants were permitted to engage in, saying that they should not only patronize the market to purchase cheap farm produce, but also embrace farming to earn additional income.

At the event, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Stephen Ipiniwa, highlighted the significance of relaunching the market as a rare opportunity for civil servants as it would reduce the stress and cost of farm produce usually experienced at major markets.

He called for more farmer’s involvement in the weekly market so as to break the bottle neck associated with the profiteers involvement in the supply of farm produce to the general market.

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