By Olajide Idowu
Osogbo – Mr Moses Oladipupo, the Vice President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria
(AFN) in Osun, has called on government at all levels to support youths who venture into farming.
Oladipupo made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Osogbo.
He said majority of Nigerian youths who returned to the farm were being discouraged because of the challenges being faced.
“Majority of the youths that returned to farming recently are decrying the hardship they are facing in the course of their operations.
“Many are complaining of the old system of farming and lack of funds for their operations,’’ he said.
Oladipupo also said genuine farmers were being short changed in the distribution of farm inputs, urging that this should be redressed.
“Government should give farmers and those interested in farming land, good training and funds while extension workers should be recruited to monitor farming operations and production.
“If government can provide needed tools and materials, youth farmers would have no reason to quit farming, ” he said.
He equally called on government to encourage small scale farmers, adding that most government policies and programmes only focus on commercial farmers.
“Small scale farmers are many and their production is what is sustaining the local market while commercial farmers produce for external markets.
“For this reason, government should concentrate more on small scale farmers in order to boost food production that would sustain the nation, ” he said.