The Oyo State Government implored farmers in the state to embrace new methods of farming, saying the development will boost food security in the state and the country.
The state commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye ,disclosed this while speaking to journalists in Ibadan, as part of activities lined up to celebrate 2023 World Food Day.
He noted that the only way to improve farm yield was for the farmers to embrace modern forms of farming, saying there were improved seeds that can bring quality yields more than the ancient practices.
He said the present government in the state under Engr. Oluseyi Makinde has invested in training and retraining of Agricultural Extension Officers and farmers in various capacities through collaborative efforts to enhance food security.
Speaking on various efforts of the government through his ministry on food security, the Commissioner hinted that about 285 farmers were trained on Emergency Training and Demonstration of Climate Resilient Practices in Maize, tomatoes, cassava, yam and cowpea to enhance increase yield.
He added that about 135 farmers were empowered with 1bag each of NPK fertilizer, adding that about 95 youths and women farmers were equally trained on processing, packaging, value addition and utilization of yam and cassava.
He added that 80 of the above mentioned were also trained on all season tomatoes – tomatoes that would bring yield all round the year.
Mr. Olaleye said an example of this was in Awe Rural Community Development Centre, which is now Oyo State-IITA Youth Agribusiness Incubation Park Centre, Awe.
According to the Commissioner, “we have equally distributed poultry feed to 2022 flood affected poultry farmers in collaboration with the Federal Government”.
“250 farmers were trained in collaboration with Elyson Gold Consultancy EGC on mushroom production, Animal feed quality control on the feed mill system has been introduced through feed analyzers to prevent sales of poor quality feeds to the farmers, most especially poultry farmers. Also, we have established a Pasture Growers Association to prevent future clashes between herders and farmers. This will help in full implementation of Grazing Control Law”.
On livestock, Barrister Olasunkanmi said “training is ongoing on artificial insemination on local breeds such as turkey, sheep, goats and cattle. He explained that this would improve the quality, weight of animals, making animal production more profitable within a short period for farmers. All these are modern ways of farming which the government has put in place to ensure food security in the state”.
He urged farmers to toe the path laid by the government on the need to enhance food security, saying part of the government’s responsibility is to create a conducive environment.
He said the introduction of modern ways of farming would enhance productivity, assuring that all these efforts of the government would be revealed in the next farm harvest season.