Oyo Govt. Promises Enabling Environment For Farmers

Oyo state government has again stressed its determination to create an enabling environment for farmers in the state.

Governor Seyi Makinde stated this at the launch of a poultry technology initiative that would assist farmers to achieve positive results in their animal production in Ibadan.

The governor who was represented by his Executive Adviser on Agribusiness, Dr Debo Akande at the official launch of Farmsured Technology for a day old chicks Protection noted that the farm sure technology has been designed in such a way that there is traceability of every input of day old chicks production in the poultry sector.

Dr Akande who spoke through Dr Tunde Amole of the International Livestock Research Institute said the initiative would bring more succour to the farmers in the state.

He said, “We are here to unveil one of the technology inputs that can help farmers in livestock particularly in Oyo state and in Nigeria as a whole, over the years we’ve discovered that some of the inputs needed by farmers to have good yields or good productions are counterfeit, the farmers have no control over them, today the technology that we are unveiling here has been designed in such a way that there is traceability of every input.

“For instance, the person that made a day old chicks is putting his signature on it, there is a scratch on the technology for the farmers to use in confirming the genuineness of the products they buy.

“This will bring a great impact on the smallholder farmers. For they will be able to source for resources in a cheaper, traceable way and only if you rest assured that all your inputs are of quality standards that when you can go to the market with your animals and smile back homes because there is no doubt that all your animals will be of great products”.

Also speaking, the registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Institute of Animal Science (NIAS) Professor Eustace Iyayi while stressing the importance of poultry said the technology would minimize quackery in the day-old chicks sub-sector and standardize operation alongside the axis of the poultry value chain.

In an interview, the initiator of the concept, Mr Ayooluwa Okediji said the technology would fight adulteration of agricultural inputs is one of the reasons due to inaccessibility to quality inputs.

The event was graced with government officials, farmers, and stakeholders in the poultry farming sector among others.


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