By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Aare Afe Babalola (SAN), Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, has offered to start buying off farm produce from farmers across the state, in order to save them the agony of produce wastage and huge losses owing to lack of storage facilities.
Babalola made the offer at the weekend during the closing of this year’s edition of “Afe Babalola Agricultural Exhibition” code named ABA-EX 2017, which was staged at the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, ABUAD.
This is just as a 73-year-old farmer, Alhaji Olayinka, emerged as the best farmer of year 2017 ABA-EX edition, with Afe Babalola’s star price of N1 million paid to to him on the spot.
He emerged overall winner out of about 300 other farmers earlier short-listed from among leading farmers in all the 16 local government areas of the state while two farmers each, from the council areas got N150,000 and N100,000 respectively for first and second positions.
The legal luminary, who is also a big time farmer, said the gesture was to revolutionalise farming in the state, by making it attractive to the youths, who in no time are expected to replace the ageing farmers in the state.