By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Farmers’ Ambassador in Oyo State, Chief Azeez Maboreje has charged the federal government to give necessary assistance to farmers in the country if they have to return to the farm.
He said farmers needed government assistant at this trying period of coronavirus pandemic to enable them to embark on massive food production for the nation.
The charge was coming in the wake of an order by the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola ordering farmers to return to the farm in a press conference held last week in Abuja.
Reacting to the development, Chief Maboreje said farmers who are last hope the nation needed urgent intervention from the government in the areas of quality health scheme, provision of farm tools among others to make them return to the farm.
He noted that the pandemic since its outbreak has affected many businesses including farming, adding that this may affect food production if the government fails to assist them.
Chief Maboreje said the demand for exclusion of farmers in the list was to enable farmers to continue their work adding that over three trillion fowls are taking care of by farmers in the country every day.
According to him, the order by the Minister of Interior that farmers should return to farm is only workable when the government pay attention and give support to farmers in the country.
.”Aregbesola at the press conference said farmers do not need to sit back at home doing nothing, so that the food in reserve would not be consumed. I also want to urge him to give the necessary assistant to farmers such that will encourage them to go back to farm.”
Chief Mabaje used the occasion to call on governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde to assist local farmers across the state to boost food production.
“The governor has not done anything to assist local farmers since he assumed office, and this is the time he needs to encourage us to do more because we are stakeholders in food production in the state.”
While congratulating the governor for his victory over the coronavirus infection, Maboreje said farmers in the state are ready to embark on massive food production, just as he admonished him to come to their aid.