The Kwara Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr Kayode Towoju, says the disbursement of N215 million as loans to farmers will commence by March 10.
Towoju spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ilorin.
He said 172 farmers from the 16 local government areas of the state would benefit from the loan scheme.
“The state government initiated the loan scheme as a step towards transforming farmers in the state from subsistence to commercial farmers.
“Agriculture is a big business that could earn foreign exchange for the country,” he said.
Towoju said the state government would put in place enabling environment to ensure that agriculture would be full time business for people to earn large income.
He said that his ministry would soon establish a mall in the state to make it easier for farmers to purchase agriculture inputs.
The commissioner urged beneficiaries to use the loans well, warning that the government would sanction anyone found diverting the money for other purposes.