The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to address and find a lasting solution to the problem of Fulani herdsmen who were destroying farms across the country.
The spokesman of the association, James Kupoluyi, in a chat with Independent in Ikole Ekiti, said this is important and that the Federal Government must attend to it urgently so as to save the country from food shortage.
Kupoluyi also called on the Federal government to fulfill its promises of assisting farmers now that the planting season has commenced, adding that the farmers are worried over the delay in getting assistance from government to develop their farms.
He also expressed fears that late distribution of seedlings, inputs and delay in providing loans and other incentives would bring a setback to the economic diversification to agriculture as planned by the Federal Government.
“We farmers in Ekiti are worried over the delay in getting assistance from the government to develop and expand our farms ahead of this year’s farming season. We call on the Federal Government to fulfill its promises of assisting farmers now that the planting season has commenced,” he said.
Speaking further, he said the delay might have negative impacts on the current farming season if not addressed urgently.
Kupoluyi also said that the Federal Government in the third quarter of 2015 directed every farmer in Nigeria to register for a programme tagged; Nigeria Agricultural Payment Initiative (NAPI), with the aim of assisting farmers.
He lamented that many farmers registered for the programme and have since then been waiting but have not received the assistance from the government to expand their farms.
“Many of us registered and have been waiting since then but have not got the assistance from the government to expand our farms.
“Some of us who are pensioners cannot afford hiring tractors to either plough our farmlands or buy seedlings and other necessary things to start effective farming because pension allowances are not paid as and when due,” he said.