Homegrown School Feeding Program Will Boost Agricultural Value Chain In Oyo, says Commisioner

The homegrown School Feeding program by federal government in partnership with state counterparts, has been commended as a mean to boost agricultural value chain and provide employment opportunity for masses in Oyo State. 

The state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology. Professor Adeniyi Olowofela stated this on Wednesday during visitation to some public primary schools in the state. 

According to Olowofela, the project is yielding dividends as the federal government has commenced to credit accounts of food vendors in the state and others across the federation and has made the payment monthly against bi-weekly payment in the past.
The commissioner maintained that this has afforded the food vendors the opportunity to plan and prepare ahead with aggregators to enhance their services and success of the project. 

He said: "the homegrown school feeding project was embarked upon by the federal government in all the 36 states of the federation to increase enrollment of pupils in public primary schools, create empowerment for people at various levels of food distribution chain and increase agricultural value chain. 

"The program at initial stage suffered hitches due to improper filling of BVN by the food vendors and irregular funding of which both have been rectified while the funding is now on regular basis by the federal government", the commissioner said.

Olowofela declared that the ministry has embarked on the monitoring exercise of public primary schools in all the 33 local governments in the state to ensure and enforce the continued compliance of quality and quantity of food given to the pupils by the food vendors. While he sounded note of warning that any erring food vendors found wanton will be disengaged. 

Reacting, the food vendors commended the federal and state governments for the project as laudable one. They said the program is an economic relief as it has empowered them while the pupils expressed appreciation to the government for feeding them with nourishing meals. 

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