The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has prepared 100 hectares of land for farming in Oria and Emu communities in Esan South East Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Wellington Omoragbon, the Federal Director of Agriculture in Edo, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Sunday.
Omoragbon said that the measure was to reduce the hardship faced by farmers in the area and to boost agriculture.
He said the ministry prepared 50 hectares of land as well as began the construction of a warehouse in each of the sites.
”The land preparation is to enable farmers in the communities to plant arable crops such as cassava, maize and oil palm among others,” he said.
According to him, about 150 fish farmers have been selected to benefit from the 2016 Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) programme in the state.
He explained that the fish farmers would be given subsidised inputs to enhance their production.
Omoragbon also said that the modern fish market being constructed by the ministry at Illushi community in the same local government area was about 37 per cent completed.