Cocoa farmers in Ekiti State have agreed to patronize State Government commissioned and accredited Agricultural input suppliers
to avoid buying substandard Agrochemicals.
The State President of Golden Cocoa Growers Association, Mr. Rufus Agada who made this known after a meeting with accredited input suppliers and officials of the Ekiti State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Ado – Ekiti said, this was necessary to avoid buying adulterated Agrochemicals other farming inputs .
He assured the State Government of the farmers’ implicit confidence in the Fayemi led administration saying the support of the Governor for the Agricultural sector since he came on board cannot be quantified.
In his remarks , the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mr. Babajide Arowosafe who said the purpose of the meeting was to identify genuine Agrochemical and the outlets through they can be obtained advised the farmers to form formidable cooperative societies through which they can obtain soft loans with which they can easily finance their farming activities.
He thanked cocoa farmers for their understanding and assured them of Government’s continued support.
The Commissioner who promised them that ADP officials would do more extension work this farming season on the proper ways of applying fertilizers and other agrochemicals urged them to follow instructions given to them by the agricultural extension workers .
He informed the farmers that, the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) initiated by government was still on course saying that, they need to go to
their various redemption centres to collect their subsidized inputs now that the meeting has afforded them opportunity to identify genuine
Agrochemicals and their levels of potency.
Last modified: July 24, 2012