Community urges FG to establish Farmers Day

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LAGOS – Community of Agricultural Stakeholders of Nigeria (CASON) has urged Federal Government to institute `Farmers Day’ to recognise role of farmers to the growth of the .

Mr Sotonye Anga, Coordinator, Youth Section, CASON, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos that there was a need to celebrate farmers.

According to Anga, contributions of farmers to activities cannot be quantified because they are food providers, which is essential for human existence.

“The role of the farmer in any cannot be overemphasised because without food, all activities would collapse.

“Food is key to the continuation of human existence and that is where agribusiness comes in.

“All the foods we eat are produced by hard working farmers whose faces we do not get to see and are not being celebrated.

“We are therefore calling on the government as a matter of importance to establish Farmers Day, a day to recognise and celebrate the farmer,’’ he said.

The coordinator urged all tiers of government and generally to give encouragement to farmers in the country.

He said that a decline in food would be felt by everybody and setting out a day to celebrate farmers would enable to realise the efforts they made.

“We need farmers to continue in business and so we fashion out ways of encouraging and bringing succour to them.

“The farmer needs the government and the government needs the farmers, is a two way thing.

“We need to let the youths know that they can go into agriculture and would be recognised for doing so,’’ the coordinator said.

Anga said that the farmers’ day would showcase all aspects of agriculture technology, marketing, processing and farming. (NAN)