World Farmers in group photograph with the palace cheifs
By Sodiq Lawal
Thousands of farmers from various countries in the world on Wednesday paid a visit to Ooni’s Palace, Oba Adeyeye Enitan to solicit support of the monarch on agriculture development.
Ooni who is currently in Canada to attend the country’s 150th independence Anniversary were represented by Obalufe of Ife, Oba. Idowu Olaniyi Adediwura and Lowa Adimula Of Ile Ife, Oba Adekola Adeyeye.
While speaking on behalf of the World Farmers, Mrs Adeoye Adediran, an indigene of Ile Ife who resides in Netherland said their visitation to Ooni’s Palace is to Promote and advocate support for farmers and also to know much of the culture and traditions of the ancient city.
She described agribusiness as a good strategy for economic development, wealth creation and huge source of foreign exchange.
According to her, agribusinesses involve companies that are in one or more stages of production of crops and livestock include manufacture or distribution of agricultural supply and equipment such as machineries, feeds and fertiliser.
Welcoming the world farmers, the Obalufe appreciated the world farmers visit to the Palace.
He urged the government to continue providing incentives for the private and public sector involvements in profitable agricultural business to serve as alternatives to decline oil revenue.
He said “As you can see, the country is experiencing inadequate food supply, our youths are unemployed, inadequate raw material for industrialisation, among others, attention should be given to agriculture at the highest political level and farming should also be treated as a business”
“Government at all levels should provide adequate infrastructure for transportation, and storage to ensure stability in the price of agriculture commodities. Agriculture financing should be kept at single digit rate of interest to develop agribusiness should” he said.
Also speaking, Lowa Adimula advocated adequate support for agricultural research and establishment of agro-service centres within reasonable distance for the farmers.
He urged the governments to focus on the transformation of the agricultural sector and advised the states to develop an agricultural initiative programmes ,adding that agriculture is important sector to develop Nigeria federating units.
He said that the programmes would help to tackle unemployment, provide adequate food and encourage youths to embrace agricultural activities.