The Ondo State Government says there is need for farmers operating in government forest reserves across the state to embrace the introduction of self identity card by the state government.
Mr Rasheed Badmus, the Commissioner for Natural Resources, stated this during a visit to cocoa farmers in Odigbo Local Government area of the state.
Badmus pointed out that the ministry with Ministry of Agriculture deemed it fit to organize data capturing for farmers operating in government forest reserves for record purpose of original allottees in the state.
“It is mandatory for Ondo State Government to have a data base of farmers operating in government forest reserves across the state to prevent encroachment capable of jeopardising government efforts toward rejuvenating the forest reserves ” he said.
The commissioner noted that the two ministries were the rightful owners of the reserves on which farmers operated.
He therefore implored them to continue to protect government trees, which he said were major sources of revenue to the state.
Badmus admonished them to continue to support the state governor, charging them to embrace the coexisting peace.