Despite Security Assurance, Ondo Farmers Keep Off Farmland
Farmers in Ondo State appeared to have placed more premium on their lives than whatever they have invested on their farms.
To many of them, staying away from their farmlands is just a proactive measure to escape the ravaging Fulani herdsmen that have become a threat to their community.
Although, the police had assured the farmers that all is well in the northern senatorial district, there is still palpable fear in the atmosphere.
The police has confirmed the arrest of some hoodlums and destruction of their camp in the forest of Oba- Akoko, but this doesn't seem convincing enough for farmers.
The farmers' decision is said to have affected the supply of foodstuff to the market both within the area and the state capital.
A farmer, who simply identified himself as Baba Yomi, confirmed that the last time he visited his farm was in November.
"Since three of my friends were abducted in their farms close to mine, I have not stepped on my farm. I have been doing my ‘okada’ business since October last year and am okay with it."
A yam seller in Akure, Mrs Labake Ojo, who claimed to be getting her yam supply from a farm in Oba-Akoko, noted that nothing has been coming forth in the last three months.
"I can't remember the last time I spoke to my supplier in the area not to talk of supplying me yams. Since the entrance of new yam to the market, I have not got any supply from him. This issue of Kidnapping is having a serious effect on the state economy especially in the agricultural sector."
Speaking on the decision of the farmers, the chairman of Ondo State Agricultural Commodities Association, Gbenga Obamoyewa said farmers in the area have been calling in to share their experiences.
"It is a general problem. Am also a victim, though mine was not that serious but I have some of my exco members who have their farms burnt and rendered helpless by the Fulani herdsmen.
"People are afraid to go to their farms and nobody can blame them. It is only those who are alive that can farm. If you are killed, that is the end."
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