Massive Fire Destroys 50 Acres Of Palm Trees, Pineapples Worth ₦150m In Osun State

Date: 03-03-2024 8:44 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
- at 3-03-2024 08:44 PM (1 month ago)

In a devastating blow to agricultural endeavors, a raging inferno engulfed over 50 acres of palm trees and pineapple plantations, amounting to an estimated loss of ₦150 million, at the Royal Farm located in Akeredolu Village, Osu, within the Atakumosa West Local Government Area of Osun State.

Founder of the farm, Rufus Jegede, revealed the extent of the damage during a press briefing held at the site on Sunday. Jegede recounted that the calamity struck on Friday, leaving behind a trail of destruction.

Established in 2015 following his retirement, Jegede's farm encompassed various agricultural activities including palm oil production, animal husbandry such as piggery and cattle rearing, and cultivation of other arable crops. He emphasized his commitment to contributing to food security in Nigeria and highlighted the employment opportunities created for over 40 workers.

"Before this unfortunate incident, our farm was a beacon of hope, producing a minimum of 50 kegs of palm oil weekly and yielding approximately 500 tons of pineapples annually," lamented Jegede.

The fire consumed nearly 4,000 palm trees and five acres of pineapple plantation, shattering hopes of a fruitful harvest this year. Jegede expressed suspicions of foul play, citing previous instances of arson targeting his farm.

"This is the third time our farm has fallen victim to such acts of sabotage," Jegede revealed, pointing fingers at unidentified miscreants.

Jegede also disclosed the apprehension of an individual named Sunday, allegedly involved in illicit activities on the farm, suggesting a possible connection to the fire incident.

Expressing disappointment with the lack of interest and participation from local youth in agricultural initiatives, Jegede underscored the need for greater government support and intervention to rejuvenate the sector.

"Despite our efforts to empower youths through farming, there has been minimal engagement from the local community. It is disheartening to see farming dominated by outsiders while our own youth remain disinterested," Jegede lamented.

He called upon government agencies to prioritize agriculture and enact policies that incentivize local farming initiatives, stressing the vital role of agriculture in Nigeria's economic development.

As Jegede and his team grapple with the aftermath of the devastating fire, their plea for assistance and recognition from authorities echoes the urgent need to safeguard and bolster Nigeria's agricultural sector.

Posted: at 3-03-2024 08:44 PM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
- kp45 at 3-03-2024 09:42 PM (1 month ago)
Na wa o
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Posted: at 4-03-2024 12:37 AM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
- OmoNobaUku at 4-03-2024 03:06 PM (1 month ago)
Evil will never depart the homes of whoever did such dastardly act of arson.
Posted: at 4-03-2024 03:06 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac