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Kwara warns farmers over AFAN election

By Demola Akinyemi

Ilorin — The Kwara   State government has vowed to deal ruthlessly with any farmer who foment trouble and threaten the peace of the state over the election of Alhaji Abdullahi Hassan-led leadership of All Farmers Association, AFAN, state chapter held recently.

Governor Bukola Saraki who was represented by his Commissioner for Agriculture, Professor Gana Issa, at this year’s Kwara National Agric show at the stadium complex, Ilorin said the election which was observed by all the stakeholders, according to reports, was free and fair, therefore all farmers were bound by the outcome of that election.

“We will not tolerate any differences over the outcome of that election, because farmers’ disharmony will bring dire consequences to us in terms of output from the farms and also threaten the peace of this state.

“That is why I am sounding this note of warning, the full wrath of law will be applied on any farmer found fomenting trouble after now,” the commissioner said.

Commenting on this year’s theme of the Agric show, “Solution to problem of diseases on farm produce and livestock,” Prof. Issa  said the state government always ensure that there is pro-active measure on ground to prevent any out-break of crops and live stock diseases.

According to him, “crops and livestock generally, there are some diseases that attack them. But Kwara State is so lucky to the extent that we are able to remove diseases and pests. We don’t allow them to enter Kwara State because we have a surveillance scheme.

“Those goods that are coming to Kwara State, they were checked at going post to ensure that diseases were not  brought to Kwara State. Apart from that, if you are talking about poultry, Kwara State through assistance of
Governor Bukola Saraki initiated diversity poultry diseases control station.

Under this scheme, the local poultry houses are regularly disinfected and it proved to be very effective,” he said.


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