Group says farmers are in a better position to help Nigerian economy grow

Group says farmers are in a better position to help Nigerian economy grow

By Esther Bello, Abuja

The national President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabir Ibrahim has extolled the recent move by the federal government to revitalize the old marketing boards to boost agricultural productivity in the country,

The AFAN president stated this in an exclusive interview with AljazirahNigeria, adding that while farmers need market, they also need guaranteed minimum price for their products, and must get good value for what they produce.

He said, “If the aim of reviving the old marketing board is to enhance the value of what you produce we welcome it. I would also like to see a commodity exchange system that works like what happens in Ethiopia, not just the name. The mechanism of commodity boards can be made veritable with interventions and making it work and run it as real business entities.”

He said the association is an umbrella body of all farmers in Nigeria, whose principal responsibility is advocacy for its members.

According to him, AFAN tasks government and other relevant agricultural related bodies that farmers embrace whatever will promote their productivity to contribute to the food security of the nation. He added that the farmers are in better position to help the economy of the country to grow and diversify the economy.

“We are calling on government to create an enabling environment for agricultural business to strive for economic growth and development of the sector. Government should subsidize cool storages, and other storages or lease out the current storage facilities to farmers organizations as this will help in preserving what the farmers produce,” he stated.

Commenting on the performance of the Bank of Agriculture, he expressed regret over the poor state of affair which he said should have been the back bone of the Nigerian farmers in terms of access to low interest loans from the bank.

 

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