The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Osun says it has been training and rendering other support services to members in order to enable them sustain their operations.
Mr Moses Oladipupo, the Vice President of the association, told the newsmen in Osogbo. He said that farmers were facing a lot of constraints which necessitated the intervention of AFAN as an umbrella body.
“At the moment, the association is giving member-farmers training on modern farming, educating them on crop preservation, helping them in procuring original farm chemicals and also helping them in securing farming loans among others.
“We equally organise Farmers’ Day in January to let the state government know the challenges farmers are facing in their operations and also letting the officials know our importance, especially as it relates to sustaining food production and security.
“AFAN has always been looking out for the interest of farmers as we are in constant communication with the government to solicit for assistance for our farmers to boost their productivity.
“Though in recent times, the state government had not rendered any assistance owing to its financial situation, but they promised to give farmers adequate support this year,” he said.
Oladipupo, who said the little support AFAN had been giving to farmers in the state helped in boosting food production in the state, noted that bananas, oranges and cocoa were surplus in the market.
He added that cassava and cassava products too would soon flood the markets as farmers had a good planting season in 2017.
The AFAN official said as the new planting season begins, government must quickly intervene and give farmers the needed support to boost agriculture.