Ondo State government is waging war against deforestation and illegal farming in its forest reserves across the state.
Already, it has commenced registration and documentation of encroacher farming in the forest reserves.
State Commissioner for Agriculture, Otunba Adegboyega Adefarati said the registration is being handled by Deltech International investment concepts limited, an expert in forest management.
According to him, the organization would manage and regulate all activities of encroachers in the forest reserves.
Adefarati said the move was aimed at protecting the flora and fauna in the forest reserves as well as guide against deforestation and global warming.
The Commissioner lamented that a larger proportion of the state government forest reserves has been lost to illegal farming activities.
He said the registration and documentation became imperative to stop further depletion of the forest reserves and restrict their activities.
His words” government decides not to eject them out rightly because of their means of livelihood and that of their families have been tied to their farms in the forest reserves.
Adefarati said efforts were being made to regenerate depleted areas of the forest reserves by planting economic trees, and ensure effective monitoring of the reserves.
He warned against building permanent structures in the forest reserves, maintaining that new encroachers would not be tolerated while those not captured during the registration would be ejected.
Some vital information required from the farmers during the registration exercise include their names, size and location of their farms, types of crops being cultivated among others