Osun State Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Prince Wale Adedoyin, has assured farmers in the state, that the state government is committed, to rendering all necessary assistance, to make it easier for them to get their produce to the market.
He made this promise when he inspected the level of work done at Iwo Farm settlement, by the Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP) which is handling road construction and drainage system construction, while listening to the problems the farmers were encountering before getting their produce to the market.
Prince Adedoyin noted that the construction work going on was slowed down, because of the rainy season, and that as soon as the dry season approaches, work would resume in earnest.
“We will concentrate on the major access road. We have gone round and see the level of preparedness of the government. The problem we are facing is this rainy season, as we can’t do much now until the rain stops”.
He explained that he was aware that whenever it rains heavily, farmers do find it difficult to transport their produce out of their respective farms and all the problems they have been encountering would be addressed.
He equally directed the State Director of Agricultural Services, Mr. Dauda Ajisekola, to ensure that fertilizers were released to the farmers, to boost their production, just as he warned that the fertilizers should be released to only those that needed it and as well make optimum use of it.
Speaking on the level of work done, the state Director of RAMP, who is also the General Manager of the Osun State Agricultural Development Corporation (OSSADEC), Engineer Adelere Oriolowo, told reporters that the job done was to intervene and improve the condition of the roads leading to the farm settlement.
“That was what they have been doing in the last four months, but latter, a road of international standard, which would serve as role model would be constructed,”he stated further.
According to him, “the main objective is to provide access to the farm settlement this year. We call it road improvement. It is not road rehabilitation, neither is it road construction. What we have done was palliative measure to get the farmers to their farms with ease.”
Appreciating the efforts of the state government in assisting to repair the roads leading to the farms, president of the farmers group, Alhaji Raimi Olabanji, submitted that lack of access road had made some farmers to abandon farming, adding that the farmers would be happy once the state government helps them to repair the road.
Olabanji therefore urged the state government to expedite action in the construction of bridges, over the Oba River thathas cut off a portion of the farm settlement and Akinleye village.