The Vice President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Osun, Mr. Moses Oladipupo, has called on the state government to improve its encouragement of graduates and youths to embrace farming business.
Oladipupo said so while speaking on the challenges facing farmers and sustaining food production in the country.
According to him, the government needs to put in more effort in encouraging farmers, especially youths to go into agric business and sustain food production in the future.
He said those practicing farming at the moment are mostly aged people who live in the rural areas and this situation does not encourage the youths, knowing the kind of hardship these farmers are facing.
He stated that AFAN in Osun has however, taken it upon itself to put in place programmes that makes farming attractive to youths.
He said the association facilitates farm lands, equipment and loans for youths who show interest in farming and have joined the association with the aim of becoming practicing farmers.
He said trainings and lectures are also organised for young farmers, all in a bid to empower and encourage them to join the farming sector.
He decried the stress and pain farmers go through in the state to market their produce after harvest, calling on the state government to intervene and reduce the stress.
He said other challenges that discourages farming business include access to funds/loans, unavailability of good roads to the farming communities, getting quality chemicals and fertilizer for production.