An appeal has gone out to the Kwara State Government to encourage farmers to go into large scale farming by helping them clear more lands.
The Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, (AFAN) Kwara state branch, Mr. Ajibola Tajudeen made the appeal during a chat with Voice of Nigeria, in Ilorin, the state capital.
He said farmers in the state want to go into large scale farming to increase agricultural produce, but are handicapped by the high cost of renting bulldozers in an attempt to expand their farmlands.
Speaking on the twenty thousand metric tons of fertilizer to be procured by the state government, Mr. Tajudeen commended them for the initiative, urging them to work in collaboration with the AFAN to ensure that fertilizer gets to the grassroots and genuine farmers.
The AFAN Chairman also said the association would dialogue with the Bank of Industry to give farmers special consideration since it would not be convenient for farmers to key into the monthly payback package of the Bank.
Mr Tajudeen urged the government to provide enough tractors across the sixteen local government areas of the state at a reduced price, to encourage the youths to go into farming.
He also called for the provision of irrigation facilities for farmers to cultivate their farmlands all year round in order to increase the food production in the state.
Mr Tajudeen enjoined farmers to structure themselves into cooperative societies so they could benefit from government programmes.