The Federal Government’s Rural Electrification Agency (REA) has installed a 100-kilowatt solar-powered mini-grid system for farmers at Eriwe farm village, in the Odogbolu Local Government area of Ogun state.
The farm, sitting on over 156 hectares of land and noted for poultry, piggery, and fishery, boasts annual fish sales above N2.5 billion and is said to be the largest fish farm in terms of tonnage and market in West Africa.
While addressing journalists after inspecting the installations, REA Managing Director, Mr. Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, said the project was part of his agency’s policies on the alleviation of poverty especially in the agricultural sector.
According to the REA Boss, the farm is one of six selected across the country, with one in each geo-political zone. In terms of payment, he says it is not going to be free, but was undertaken as a proof of concept for private developers to expand upon, and that the subscription fee would be determined by the stakeholders in such a way that it would be affordable to the farmers.
He also added that the project would reduce cost and reliance on fuel to power-pumping machines by the fish farmers as the fuel subsidy has been removed.