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Avoid bush burning, farmers urged

By Fatima Muraina

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Ondo state farmers have been advised to clear the surroundings of their farms to avoid unnecessary fire outbreaks during this dry season.
The President of Farmers Congress who is also the state Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (ALFAN), Mr Abayomi Monilari gave this advice in an interview with The Hope in Akure.
He said people should not hide under the pretence of burning bush for bush meats nor take the season as advantage to get their farms cleared through burning which he said may not be controllable during this time.
“Burning of bush during this season has negative effects and a dangerous venture to the farmers and the Nigeria populace because the process may affect many other crops like cocoa when such fire goes out of hands and encroaches to destroy other people’s farms.
“This would retard the crops’ growth and affect their production rates and the general income of the farmers as well as the internally generated income of the state and country at large”, he said.
Monilari who also observed the positive effect of bush burning which he noted could add nutrients to the soil through the burnt remnants which he said has potash, urged farmers to always consider the effect on the populace.
“Farmers should not be selfish to such extent and remember that if caught in the process, may be indebted setting people’s farm on fire,” Monilari said.
He advised farmers to keep monitoring their farms during the season so that they could seek assistance and put in some control measures where such outbreak may occur.
“People should not abandon their farms because they do not have much to do there. They should visit their farms regularly so that they can put in some control should there be any fire incident,” he said.

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