By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The Federal government has identified inability of most farmers to write a good business proposals as the main reason why most farmers in the Country cannot access credit facilities.
Edo state Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Omoragbon Wellington dropped the hint yesterday in Benin City at 6th Anniversary Celebrations and Flag-off of 2018 farming Season by Cocoa Farmers in the state.
The theme: “Harnessing the power of Agricultural Cooperatives for Food Security and sustainable livelihoods”.
Omoragbon noted that poor record keeping and fanacial management as well as the inability for most farmers to organise themselves have hindered farmers to achieve their potentials optimally.
He revealed that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Edo state will soon take delivery of farming implements and other farming imput for genuine farmers in the state.
According to him, “the major problem we have is the inability of farmers to organize themselves as a group.
“Most farmer do not know how to write good proposals. It is difficult for them to get loans or credit facilities”, he said.
President, Forum of Farmers Business School Multipurpose Cooperative Union Limited programme, Edo state Chapter, Frederick Thomas, tasked the state government to assist the group with the construction of a standard warehousing facilities.
He suggested that the warehouses should be sited at three strategic locations in the state, adding that it would help to promote business, job creation, prosperity and food security.
The state Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural resources, Monday Osaigbovo, said the government has taken steps to resolve farmers/herders clashes.
He dismissed calls to fight herdsmen in the state.