Data is crucial for food security and Agriculture. The Farmers registration has started in the South West Nigeria state, Ondo. The Ondo State government at the weekend said the current registration of farmers in its forest reserves is to ensure their proper documentation.
The registration is meant to establish the level of depletion to preserve and regenerate the forest reserves.
The Commissioner for Agriculture, Otunba Gboyega Adefarati, spoke in Akure, the state capital, while addressing community leaders and farmers in government forest reserves across the state.
Adefarati said the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu administration is poised to encourage farmers as well as protect the flora and fauna of its forest reserves.
The commissioner said only those farming in the forest reserves would be registered and issued identity cards while encroachers would not be allowed into the forest reserves.
he said economic trees would be given to the farmers to enable them regenerate the areas that have been depleted.
The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor on Agriculture, Akin Olotu, said the registration and documentation would give the farmers the peace to do their businesses without harassment from any individual or group.
The governor’s aide said the decision would enable the government to coordinate the activities of encroachers in the forest reserves, generate income and provide security for the farmers and their crops.
Relevant stakeholders – Community leaders and farmers expressed happiness about the initiative and pledged to cooperate with the government for the success of the registration.