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Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:Scientist for settlements
Periodical:West Africa
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:settlement schemes
small farms
Abstract:Besides a biographical note on the career of T.S.B. Aribisala, Controller of Agricultural Services for the Western Region, Nigeria, this article deals with the Western Region's farm settlement scheme. Aribisala, under Minister Akin-Deko, in I960 started the programme, and although many cynics in Nigeria have written off the scheme he refuses to view success or failure in absolute terms. The programme provided young male school-leavers with a training of 2 years at Farm Institutes, followed by 2 years at Farm Settlements. Then each young farmer is leased a house and from 25 to 70 acres of land for 49 years. Repayment for the training, house, land, tools starts after 3 to 5 years. Settlers must take part in a crop-processing and marketing co-operative and accept technical advice of the Ministery of Agriculture and grow only cash crops with a proven market. There was a hope that the 13 settlements with 50 settlers each would swell to 200 each, but the average now is about 40.