Medical/Health Care

Edo oil palm farmers solicit govt’s support

Orhionmwon Farmers in Edo have appealed to governments at all levels to make oil palm seedlings available to farmers in the state.

Sunday Okungbowa, the state Chairman of the group, told newsmen that palm oil production was on the decline due to lack of government's support.

Okungbowa said that farmers had difficulty accessing inputs,such as seedlings, machines, land and loans, among others.

He noted that oil palm farmers were not receiving the necessary support compared to other crops farmers across the country.

He also identified the lack of finance as the major challenge militating against oil production in the state, adding that farmers needed more fund to buy seedlings and fertiliser for high yields.

I have about 10 hectares of oil palm plantation but I have not gotten any assistance from the government.

''We have about 150 cooperative societies in Orhionmwon Local Government Area, and we are appealing for support from the government to improve palm oil production,he said.

Source: Voice of Nigeria