By Israel Afolabi
In its bid to ensure adequate supply of inputs in agricultural sector in the state, the Speaker, State of Osun House of Assembly, Dr. Najeem Salaam has distributed high yielding crop seedlings to All Farmers Association Of Nigeria (AFAN) Osun State Chapter.
In his remarks at the AFAN secretariat Osogbo, Dr. Najeem Salaam urged youths to go into farming due to unstable oil price globally that is affecting the nation’s economy.
Salaam made it known that it is only farming that can bail out this nation at this critical period.
According to him, “whether we like it or not, we cannot continue to downplay the importance of farming because oil is no more booming. We want to lift farming to greater height in the state”.
He promised to give support to the farmers’ association with all things within his power to ensure good cultivation in the state.
He said, “I will support farmers with tractors because I know the problems facing our farmers in general.”
He however predicted a brighter future for farmers if given the necessary support with the required equipments and tools to cultivate.
The lawmaker also advised farmers to contribute to the Land Charge Bill before the house while promising that their views would be factored in before the bill is passed.
He noted that a Microfinance bank for farmers will be established in the state to give loans to the farmers without stress while there will be training for farmers to cultivate in line with modern systems of farming.
In his remarks, the President of Osun chapter of AFAN, Mr Kayode Afolabi noted that Dr. Salaam has kept his promise with Osun AFAN.
He commended the speaker’s good gesture towards farmers in the state while urging him to purchase tractors for farming in the state.
He charged Dr. Salaam, as one of their members, to stand up for farmers challenge for them to have better life.
He solicited his support for the establishment of farmers’ Micro-finance Bank and farmers house in the state as well.
He urged government not to drive farmers out of Oke-Osun farm settlement because of farmland scarcity in the state.
Among the crop seedlings distributed to the AFAN are cashew, cocoa, oil-palm, pepper and moringa seedlings.