Akure- Cocoa and Plantain Farmers Association of Nigeria(CPFAN) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the ongoing destruction of farm crops and killing of farmers by some herdsmen.
The farmers made the call during their conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday.
Addressing newsmen after the confab, the National President of the association, Chief Ayodele Ojo noted that if the herdsmen are not checked, the marginal food production in the country would nosedive.
Meanwhile, the group appreciated President Buhari and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sambo Nanono for providing “effective fire-fighting equipment to solve some of our endemic agricultural problems.”
The group noted that the fire-fighting pump had very useful in putting out fire on their farms during the dry season.
Explaining the capacity of the group, Chief Ayodele said the over 28,000 members across 20 states and Federal Capital Territory currently cultivated note than 20,000 hectares, but have the potential to cultivate more than 50,000hectares.
They, therefore, appealed to the Agric minister to include their association in the medium term credit facility and N-CARES project beneficiaries as well as in future Federal Government interventions.
Other demands of the farmers include provision of palliative items including motorised sprayers, mechanical diggers for planting plantain, solo sprayers, agrochemicals, improved cocoa seedlings and plantain suckers.
The farmers sought the Federal Government’s assistance in members capacity building for them to meet up with international market standard in terms of post-harvesting handling and packaging of plantain and cocoa.
Farmers Seek Buhari’s Intervention Over Herdsmen’s Destruction Of Crops