The Agriculture and Allied Employees Union of Nigeria (AAEUN) has called governors of South West geo-political zone to emulate the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose to enact law that can curb the menace of the rampaging herdsmen whose cows destroy farms in the region.
The National Vice-President of AAEUN, South West Zone, Adeusi Moses, made this call at the delegate conference of the union, where new officers were elected to run the affairs of the union in the zone. Adeusi said the menace of herdsmen, was one of the issues discouraging people from engaging in agriculture, which had led to increase in price of food items.
The AAEUN vice president called on the government at all levels to address challenges that are discouraging youths from engaging in agriculture.
He said it is by addressing those challenges that the desire of the government at revitalising can be realised.
Adeusi also called for the application of the appropriate technology in order to bring the cost of production down in the sector.
“We must address the challenges that discourage youths from agriculture such as low productivity, hardship, low levels of mechanisation and modernisation, lack of rural infrastructure and insufficient local processing and value addition,” he said.
Adeusi noted that non-!payment of hazard allowance to professionals in agricultural sector by the government has made agriculture to be less attractive to the youths.
He traced the genesis of the present economic recession confronting the nation to the chronic corruption, wasteful political system, faulty revenue sharing formula, neglect of agricultural sector and the menace of Fulani herdsmen.