Ekiti State Government has encourage farmers in the state to make use of better strategies of storing and preserving their farm produce.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Kehinde Odebunmi, gave the assurance in Ado-Ekiti while addressing a cross-section of farmers and traders in the state during a two-day sensitisation seminar on “Safe and Responsible use of Agrochemicals for stored Grains”.
Hon Odebunmi noted that large percentage of farm produce was destroyed every year through poor storage techniques and he stressed the commitment of the state government to reverse the trend
Fayose administration sought to diversify the state economy from one that is totally dependent on the dwindling allocation from the federation accounts to an agriculture-based economy that will ultimately boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
However, government would leave no stone unturned in sensitising all stakeholders on the proper use of agrochemicals, because the enormous harmful effects of the misuse of agrochemicals are attributed to ignorance by farmers/traders and consumers, but Hon Odebunmi explained that the seminar was organised to assist in curbing the misuse of agrochemicals.
He described the choice of Shasha Market as venue for the training as strategic, because it’s the primary distribution centre for grains to all markets in the state.
The Seriki of Hausa Community at the Shasha Market expressed gratitude towards the government, especially the visit of the commissioner which he said was the first of its kind, as he had never witnessed such since he got to Ado-Ekiti about 40 years ago.
He promised the Fayose administration of unalloyed support from the Hausa Community in the state and prayed for the success of the government.
Source: The Nation