By Fatima Muraina
Ondo state Agricultural Commodities Association OSACA, has said that infrastructural development is vital to the attainment of food sufficiency and security.
It applauded the state government for the construction of poultry pen at Isuada recently, but added that the journey is still far to food security.
The state Chairman of the association, Mr Gbenga Obaweya spoke in an interview with The Hope in Akure.
Obaweya who was reacting on the government Agribusiness city recently flagged off by the governor at Isuada, urged government to intensify more efforts in providing infrastructures which he said would allow the private sector to run the place effectively.
He said individuals and private farmers are not capable to put such structures at lsuada in place, but rather that government can invest and set up Clusters where the younger people can manage.
This, he noted will fast track the strides towards food security.
He also encourage government to set up cluster farms for araboe farming where lands will be cleared and prepared for farmers to make farming attractive and encouraging to majority of the people.
” Government could either as its own investment or as a loan to those whose lands are cleared and opened for them so that people can do a lot more on arable farming”
He applauded government on its initiative to tackle the issue of herdsmen through the introduction of the Feedlot as people would be allowed to do their farming activities in peace for bumper and proper harvesting .
According to him, it will also open the eyes of the people and reassure them that better days are ahead of them.
He urged farmers to keep safe and adapt with the situation of insecurity and look for new ways to overcome the challenges in the farms.
Farmers, he advised could look for such alternatives like hiring security men, thinking about alternative of homestead farming for the time being, moving in clusters and working towards having freedom on the farm lands.
He also advised them on proper monitoring of the weather report and to do what he called climate agriculture so that they do not experience lost while they should consider irrigation in farm planning to ensure farming throughout the year.