A group of Farmers’ Association in the Osun State also known as Sustainable Farmers’ Association (SUFA) under the Rural Development Programme of the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo has described the Organization’s useful recommended agricultural practices given to its target groups for the enhancement of their Crops and Animals production, of which have created positive ripple effects on their Standard of Living.
The Farmers’ Group made this known at the zonal Exchange Visit Organized by the Department of the Rural Development of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of Osogbo which comprised Sustainable Farmers’ Group from Ijesa zone, Osogbo zone, Ila zone and Atakumosa zone respectively. The zonal exchange visits were held in Ila Ijesa-Atakumosa West Local Government, Igangan-Atakumosa East, Owode Ede- Ede North Local Government and Ayetoro Ominla in Ifedayo Local Government.
Evang. Jerome Fatokun and Chief Peter Akinyemi in their separate remarks on behalf of the Farmers’ Group, noted that according to the baseline survey carried out so far among the Farmers’ Groups, the technical intervention and support ranging from consistence agricultural extension services, recommendation of indigenous pest and diseases control, introduction of modern day agricultural practices most especially, timely supply of farm inputs to them have paid off and dramatically improved their agricultural turns over.
“There is no gain saying that the relationship between Sustainable Famers’ Association and Rural Development Programme over the years has yielded positive chain of multiplier effects both in cash and kind. Today many of us can lay claim on some tangible achievements resulted from technical assistance and support being received from the Organisation due to their willingness and passion to serve the humanity and equating everyone created in the image of God to a good measure of dignified life,” They said.
Addressing the Farmers during the sub-group and experience sharing meeting, the Programme Supervisor Mrs.Onaolapo Morenike on behalf of the Management of the Organisation, admonished the Group of Farmers across the four Local Governments to always abide and work towards the standardized farm produces and quality control specifications that would command commercial values in the international market. She added that, they should also form themselves into commodity marketing groups that would make them to overcome challenges faced by individuals in marketing their commodity and increase their chances of accessing better opportunities related to produce marketing. Other Programme Officers at the programme were Mr.James fashola, Mrs.Veronica Olaoye , Mr. Charles Fasina and Miss Ayanwusi Omolola.
The programme provided opportunity for the Farmers to visit other farmers’ field for experience sharing, bear their minds on emerging challenges that could pose a threat to their farm business and there was also a room for cross fertilization of ideas for a way forward.