Dr Patrick Tolani, a United Nations consultant has called on farmers in Southwest to embark on cluster farming to check illegal grazing by herders on their farms.
According to him, clustered farm covering about 300 hectares would be economical for them to hire, secure and protect against the destructive invasion by herders.
Dr. Tolani gave the advice during the inauguration of a new executive of Ondo State Agricultural Commodities Association (OSACA) at Alagbaka, Akure, the Ondo State capital.
In his paper, he said: “Change your way of doing business. See farming as a business. Looking at how to invest more in farming. Look at it from the perspective of a value chain. Project the marketing and sales.
“Work in clusters so that whoever wants to provide irrigation facility can do it for all of you at the cluster.
“Do farming like 300 hectares so that you can deploy security forces to protect the farm at least for the next one year.
He urged governments in Southwest states to formulate common agricultural policies to guide farming in the region.
Gbenga Obaweya, the newly sworn in chairman of OSACA, in his presentation sought the support of all members of the association for the new executive for the common goal of making OSACA better.
He listed provision of a data base with which the state government can project its agricultural programmes as part of the goals of the executive
Senior Special Assistant(Agric and Agribusiness) to the governor, Pastor Akin Olotu advised the farmers not to allow any cabal hijack the association but be focused on aim of midwifing commodity exchange without government’s assistance.