White Zim.Farmers in Nigeria

White Zim.Farmers in Nigeria

Lagos- Edo State Government at the weekend said that it has held talks with
White Zimbabwean farmers on the possibility of establishing large commercial farms
in the state.

Currently Zimbabwean farmers are in Kwara State where they have established
mechanised farms.Special Adviser to the Edo State Governor on Farm Development, Ms. Uwa
Osunbor, who disclosed this in Benin said that representatives of the
Zimbabwean farmers had already inspected sites in three local govenment
areas in the northern part of the state, adding that each farmer would
require about a thousand hectares, saying that the arrangement would be
comprehensive, giving room for farming processing and export, adding that,
“We have the land and the climate. Since they are willing to come ,’why
not’. We went to three local governments where the chairmen were ready and
willing to accept them.”Ms. Osunbor disclosed that Etsako West, Etsako Central where the farmers
visited would be suitable for rice farming just as Uhunmwode and Uromi would
be a good place for pineapple and oranges.She, however, said that the farmers would not just be let in to make their
profit and go away. “They will teach new technologies to our farmers; how to
apply fertiliser and more.”The special adviser allayed fears that the farmers would take away the
farmlands from the indigenous owners, saying, “It is the indigenous people
that will benefit. Most of the land is wasting away. We have over 200,000
hectares of land wasting away,” even as she indicated that some American
farmers were soon to come for inspection.

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