Farmers in Ilorin have called on the Kwara Government for urgent intervention over what they described as indiscriminate bush burning in parts of the state.
The farmers who expressed worry amidst consistent bush burning in the state spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin on Friday, in separate interviews.
Mr Babatunde Audu, one of the farmers said that part of his farm was burnt a few days ago without seeing traces of the perpetrators.
“I got to the farm very early around 7am, but to my surprise part of my cassava farm has been burnt. I cried and felt bad because I don’t know who is responsible for such act,” he said.
Also, a rice farmer, Mr Ezekiel Obadare, said he was worried because most of the farms around him were burnt already.
“My mind is not settled at all since we are gradually entering the dry season. We always suffer from this bush burning crisis every dry season.
“Almost all the rice farms surrounding mine are burnt. It is not good because people don’t just care about others, they only care about themselves. We suffer a lot during dry season,” Obadare said.
Similarly, Mr Bayo Aina, a farmer said that bush burning had caused havoc in most farms in Kwara, according to him, most people just set fire bushes the way they like.
“Our farm is not safe. We don’t know maybe it is some non-challant hunters that are doing this to us. They feel every bush they come along is worth burning.
”I experienced the same thing in my maize farm and I almost committed suicide. It was painful,” he said.
On his part, Mr Yusuf Abdulkareem called on the government to urgently intervene and take strict actions to control the bush burning pattern in the state.
“We are not encouraged again. We are afraid during the dry season. No farmer really wants the dry season to return because we suffer heartbreaks.
“They are really frustrating us. The government should help us out and save us from these people. There is a need for public sensitization,” Abdulkareem said.
A cassava farmer, Mr Idowu Oloruntoba said farmers needed to enjoy a friendly and peaceful working environment to be able to produce enough food.
“We want a peaceful and safe environment and we are tired of experiencing loss on farms every dry season,’’ Oloruntoba said.174