The Chairman, Oyo State branch of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Emmanuel Elegbede, on Tuesday in Ibadan called for a presidential initiative on livestock farming.
Elegbede told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Federal Government had gone a long way in focusing on arable or crop farming, especially with the presidential initiatives on cassava and rice production.While commending the government for its efforts in those areas, he said that it should also devote more time on developing animal farming.
â€œThe Federal Government should not think that it is only crop production that it has to spend money budgetted for agriculture on. I will like to appeal to the Federal Government to be more responsive in helping livestock farmers.
â€œWe have quite experienced ones who could do very well if given the opportunity and support, â€œ the AFAN chief added. He said that diversification to livestock farming, such as piggery, fishery, poultry, sheep and goat rearing would do the country good.
Elegbede said that AFAN had members who were engaged in livestock farming and arable farming, who had been clamouring for assistance from government, with nothing coming their way. It is unfortunate that most of the assistance which the government gives for livestock and crop production does not get to the right people. Along the way, something happens to it. The loans do not get to the real farmers,â€ Elegbede said.