Akure- Farmers under the aegis of Cocoa and Plantain Farmers Association of Nigeria (CPFAN) have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to charge security agencies in the nation to beef up security on farms with a view to protecting their crops.
Rising from a meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, at the weekend, the new association, which drew its Board of Trustees from all the six geopolitical zones, noted that their farms are being invaded by herdsmen with their cattle.
The National Coordinator of the association, Mr. Ayodele Ojo, lamented that many farmers are neck-deep in debt due to activities of herdsmen who had destroyed their crops.
According to him, many farmers access loans to fund their farms, but the lager proportion of the farms are being destroyed by roaming cattlemen thereby making it hard for most farmers to break even after harvest.
Ayodele called on all farmers, who have interest in growing cocoa and plantain, to join the association, which was registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (C.A.C).
He added that the operation of the association is in accordance with Federal Government’s interest in diversifying the nation’s economy, with special interest in agriculture.
Ayodele told newsmen that the association is poised to work with all the three tiers of government to boost agricultural production through various laudable agricultural policies.
Appreciating the Federal Government and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the 50 percent subsidy on purchase of agricultural inputs, the farmers solicited for the support of the Federal Government in boosting cocoa and plantain production, particularly in areas of inputs and loans.
Ayodele explained that if they got adequate support from the Federal Government in terms of input and loans, their produce would hit international markets and invariably boost the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.