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  • Updated: April 09, 2024

Ikire farmers affected by farm fire seek state govt intervention 

Ikire farmers affected by farm fire seek state govt interven

Farmers affected by the recent fire which engulfed cocoa and palm tree plantations in Ikire farm settlement have appealed to the Osun State Government for help.

The farm settlement which is located in Irewole local government area of the state was affected by fire disaster disclosed that cocoa and palm trees plantations worth several millions of Naira were destroyed.

Making the plea, the six affected farmers, Sulaiman Morenikeji, Zakariyahu Atanda, Opejin Ayobami, Taofeek Sumbo, Muraina Fatai and Jide Olayanju in a statement in Osogbo on Monday stated that the needed government became imperative so as to save them out of present economic mess occasioned by the fire disaster at their farms.

The farmers said, “On the 6th of February,2024, around 11:30a.m we received a call from a co-farmer that a fire broke out on our farms located at Mokore farm settlement, Araromi Owu, Ikire in Osun state.

“On getting to the farm, the entire 15 hectares of farmland that are full of cocoa and palm trees are covered with thick black smoke of fire inferno on the farmland.

“Effort to alert the co-farm owners proved abortive due to lack of telecommunication network around the farm premises but we tried to call the fire fighters to put off the fire but we couldn’t achieve it due to lack of telecommunication network."

They added that employing local methods after hours to quench the inferno by using water, wet leaves and dry sand was an effort in futility.

"Instead, the fire spread quite fast due to the presence of dry leaves, dry wood and planks on the floor of the farmland.

“The fire continued to burn our farms till the next day and after much effort from the co-farmers in the next day, we were able to bring down the fire but the major portion of our farms had been burnt down completely."

The farmers therefore solicited the support of the state and federal government on this development so as to bail them from the incident.

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