Posted By: Our Reporter A 73-year-old farmer, Alhaji Olayinka Adeyemi, has become the Overall Best Farmer of the Year in Ekiti State, with a N1 million prize.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Pa Olayinka has been in farming since 1965.
Chief Afe Babalola, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), organiser of Afe Babalola Agricultural Exhibition, called: ABA-EX 2017, gave the prize to the winner yesterday at the end of the exhibition at Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The agricultural exhibition was initiated by Governor Ayo Fayose.
The septuagenarian was among 300 farmers shortlisted among leading farmers in the 16 councils.
Two farmers each from the 16 councils got N150,000 and N100,000 for wining first and second positions at the local level.
Babalola offered to start buying farm produce from farmers in the state.
This, the legal luminary said, would save farmers the agony of wastage and loss of profit on their produce due to lack of storage facilities and ready market.
Babalola, who is also a big-time farmer, said he decided to buy the farm produce to improve the well-being of farmers and make farming attractive again like it used to be before the discovery of oil.