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Funmi Iyanda
Lagos, Nigeria
Funmi Iyanda is a multi award-winning producer and broadcast journalist. She is the CEO of Ignite Media and Executive Director of Creation Television
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Monday, March 15, 2010

Five Quick Questions For Funmi: Long way to Shonga

Do the Zimbabwe farmers employ graduates?
I am informed that the farmers have a lot of graduates in their employ. These graduates include professionals like agriculturists, vet surgeons, marketers, accountants, admin staffs etc. They also take youth corpers, some of whom are retained.

Were you able to talk to the agricultural interns been sponsored by the Kwara State government?
No, although l plan a follow up in depth project.

With the current reforms in the banking sector, has it affected the funding of the farms?
I hear that the 200 billion naira commercial agric intervention fund of the Federal Government is playing some role, as the farmers are processing access to the 10% interest loan.

The Shonga farm is a fantastic project, Nigeria needs more of this. Is there any similar project in other parts of the country?
I am told that Nassarawa State tried to benchmark the project and that they have a group of 20 Zimbabwean Farmers carrying out similar commercial farming activities.

Just like you played football with Governor Fashola, I thought you were going to till the land in Shonga?
Now that would not be very creative would it:)? Each show is clearly thought out, distinct and stand alone.