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Don’t run away, we want to know you for mutual benefit, Ondo Govt tells forest encroachers

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Ondo State government says the on-going registration of farmers in its forest reserves across the state was to ensure proper documentation of the farmers and establish the level of depletion with the aim of preserving and regenerating the forest reserves.

The State Commissioner for Agriculture, Otunba Adegboyega Adefarati made the clarification in Akure while addressing community leaders and farmers residing in government forest reserves across the state.

Otunba Adafarati, while speaking on government decision regarding encroachers in its forest reserves, said the registration and documentation of the farmers was to enable government asertain the number of farmers in the forest reserves as well as the level of depletion of the reserves.

He said the government of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is poised to do everything to encourage farmers in the state, and as well protect the flora and fauna of its forest reserves, hence the registration and documentation.

The Commissioner maintained that only those who are currently farming in the forest reserves would be registered and issued identity cards while new encroachers would not be allowed into the forest reserves.

Otunba Adefarati said economic trees would be given to the farmers to enable them regenerate the areas that have already been depleted.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, Mr. Akin Olotu, said the registration and documentation would give the farmers in the forest reserves the desired peace to do their businesses without harassment from any individual or group.
Mr. Olotu said the decision was to Coordinate the activities of the encroachers in the forest reserves, generating income for government and provide security for the farmers and their crops.

Community leaders and farmers expressed their happiness and pledges to cooperate with government to ensure the success of the exercise.

 

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