As the rainy season begins, farmers in Osun State have appealed to the state government to provide more farm inputs for them.
The chairperson, All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Ife East Local Government, Mrs Teniade Aderemi, who spoke on behalf of other farmers, said the provision of more farm inputs would not only improve agricultural productivity in the state but also stimulate agro-economic development.
Aderemi urged the government to make provision for additional tractors, synthetic fertiliser, seedlings and irrigation facilities, among other necessary inputs needed to cultivate land at ease.
“It’s high time the government intensified its relentless efforts in ensuring food security in the state as this could be well achieved through adequate empowerment for us farmers.
“In addition to the supply of more farm inputs by the government, is the need to fortify the agricultural value chain for the mutual benefit of the state and the farmers,” she added.
Speaking at the event, a former deputy governor of Osun State, Sooko Adeleke Adewoyin, said he aligned with the demands of the farmers at the forum for Osun is an agrarian state where many people involve in farming, thereby assuring them that their requests would be favourably considered because Oyetola had shown commitment to agricultural revamp.
The elder statesman also expressed satisfaction with all the various projects and programmes going on across the state, such as good roads, rehabilitation of health centres, sustaining the school feeding programme, and review of the education policy, among others.