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Oyo farmers alert to maize scarcity in 2021

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Farmers in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, at the weekend, alert to maize scarcity in 2021 following loss suffered in the outgoing year due to “lack of government input.”

The Association of Farm Settlers, Ipapo-Iseyin branch spoke after an emergency meeting where it said members lost millions of naira to the drought.

In a statement signed by the chairman, Mr. Alabi Kazeem, the body claimed that the growers had sourced funds from commercial banks and individuals on hearing heavy rain forecast for better productivity.

He added that their hope was further reignited the campaign of the federal and state governments.

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His words: “Many of our members that have decided against planting maize this year because of the poor and unstable rainfall heard of the forecast from the Federal Government through the meteorology department as well as the rigorous campaign from Oyo State
Ministry of Environment and Water Resources that there would be lot of rain towards the end of October and November, and sought for funds to plant maize.

“It is very unfortunate that the failed forecast led to a staggering loss to our members, as they lost millions in bank loans and borrowing from family and friends to plant maize. Many cannot even pass by their farms to see the withered maize. We are so hurt by this occurrence.

“In as much as we are not blaming the federal and state governments for issuing flood alerts to safeguard life and property, we are using this opportunity to appeal to them to come to our aid, as our members are running from pillar to post to repay loans they took from banks and individuals.”

Kazeem said the two tiers of government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) should stave food scarcity as the 2021 approaches.

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