FARMERS URGED TO PREVENT FIRE OUTBREAKS

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Attention of farmers and inhabitants of Ogun State has been drawn to the likelihood of fire outbreaks in farms, as a result of the prevalent harmattan season, just as government placed priority on agriculture to make the State the food basket of the nation and this should not be destabilized by avoidable fire incidence.

In arelease signed by theState Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina, farmers were enjoined to adopt safety measures by clearing bushes around their farms, avoid unnecessarybush burning, while ensuring that portable fire extinguishers were installed, erect fire traces in their farms and handle naked fire with utmost care.

It also advised them to store fuels, pesticides, medicines and other chemicals in a fire-retardant enclosure or secure location away from heat sources and combustible materials, as well as mount fire alarms on poultry and other livestock farms, whileensuring that refueling, storage and maintenance of motorised equipment were kept away from livestock.

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The release further enjoined farmers to provide adequate ventilation in order to prevent self-ignition of produce in warehouses, avoid careless dropping of lighted cigarette on farms, harvest their crops early and ensure products were in perfect storage conditions.


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