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Farmers Hail Osun Govt’s Policy On Cocoyam Cultivation

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 1:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Some farmers in Osogbo have described the government promotion of massive cultivation of cocoyam in the state as a “revolution in the agricultural sector’’.

The farmers, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Osogbo, lauded the initiative of the state government in promoting cocoyam plantation.

One of the farmers, Mr Taiwo Akande, said that cocoyam has the potency in aiding the mental growth of children and also making them to stay healthy.

“The state government has taken the bold step to encourage massive production of the farm produce and also make provision for absolving any excess in case there is glut.

“The buffer system has given more confidence to the people to embark on aggressive planting of cocoyam, which is now becoming a revolution in the agricultural sector,’’ Akande said.

Also, Alhaji Adio Fabiyi, who is a mechanised farmer in Ejigbo, commended the efforts of the state government toward, what he described, as the resuscitation of cocoyam plantation.

“Before now, emphasis is always on yam as a root crop, but we don’t have the comparative advantage here in Osun unlike places like Ekiti, Ondo and Kogi.

“Fortunately for us, the recent scientific findings revealed that cocoyam has the potency of aiding mental ability in children and make them grow perfectly.

“By this revelation, the present government in Osun started encouraging the planting in large quantity with the promise to buy up any excess that can affect the price and discourage farmers.

“We are very elated by this development considering our comparative advantage in the planting of cocoyam,’’ Fabiyi said.  NAN recalled that Governor Rauf Aregbesola, on resumption of office, pledged to sustain the free-food policy in the primary schools in the state.

The free food policy in the schools was initiated by the former administration of Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.