By Faima Muraina
As the farming season begins, farmers in Ondo State have applauded the state government for maintaining security in the farms
They said this has encouraged them to go back to the farm.
Chairman of the state Agricultural Commodities Association, Mr Gbenga Obaweya gave the commendation in a chat with The Hope in Akure, yesterday.
Obaweya said the untiring efforts of the Akeredolu-led administration towards providing security in the forest reserves has yielded positive impact as many farmers are back in their farms to produce food massively for the citizenry.
He appealed that the effort should be intensified and sustained.
The chairman explained that they observed some challenges, but that they were not as before.
He urged government to intensify more efforts to ensure total ejection of herders from the forest reserves.
This, according to him, could be facilitated by ensuring that security personnel were planted in the forest to keep surveillance, thereby making farms safe .
Secretary of the association, Mr Ayo Omoge appealed to both the Federal and State governments to fashion out ways to subsidize the agrochemical inputs for this year’s farming.
According to him, food can only be sufficient and affordable for the people, if the chemicals are given out at a highly subsidized rate.
He disclosed that majority of the farmers cannot afford the present cost of agro inputs which he noted, has become a great threat to agriculture and food sufficiency.
The agro input, Omoge, expressed was formerly sold between N1, 200 and N1, 400, but now sold for Between N3,000 and N4,500.
“A farmer who used to cultivate about 20,000 hectares has reduced his cultivation to just two hectares due to high cost of agrochemical inputs which he cannot afford.
“If government do not subsidized, definitely, there would be hunger and famine and people may start dying, he lamented.