The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Edo chapter, has called on the state government to provide tractors, bulldozers, graders and other farm implements for farmers in the state to hire.
The state Chairman of AFAN, Chief Emmanuel Odigie, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin on Sunday.
Odigie said the association was willing to pay an agreed amount to the state government on a monthly basis for the use of the equipment if provided.
He said “the idea is to enable our members to hire them at affordable rates to prepare farmlands and construct roads leading to the farms.
”Our investigation revealed that farm produce waste away in the farms due to inaccessible and deplorable state of our farm roads.
“If the roads were graded, farmers would evacuate their produce and avoid the waste,” he said.
The chairman further said that the lack of the equipment and irrigation, as well as poor state of roads posed very serious challenge to farmers in the state.
Odigie explained that the use of the equipment would promote large scale farming and make farming easier in the state.
He however commended the efforts the state and Federal Governments toward improving agriculture through various programmes.