The Igbajo Community in Osun State has appealed to the Federal Government to provide funding and mechanization support for agricultural activities to address food shortages in the country.
President Bola Tinubu recently announced that 500,000 hectares of land had been identified for increasing the availability of arable land for farming following the declaration of a state of emergency on food security in Nigeria.
Sola Fanawopo, President of the Igbajo Development Association, expressed the community’s eagerness to receive federal assistance in food processing and preservation, which would elevate their crop production to a new level.
Fanawopo stated, “Proper land preparation involves clearing the land of vegetation, removing tree stumps, and eliminating stones. Igbajo farmers rely on traditional manual methods to clear the land by slashing and burning the bushes.”
However, Fanawopo emphasized that the key to agricultural progress in their community lies in the government’s provision of funding and mechanization for these operations. He further noted that this is a one-time investment with immediate impact.
“By making the land suitable for complete mechanization, from sowing to harvesting, it will revolutionize agricultural practices. The presence of tree stumps, roots, and stones makes it nearly impossible to use most agricultural equipment,” Fanawopo added.
He also advised the Federal Government to prioritize its intervention in revolutionizing agriculture nationwide.