AFAN wants FG to establish commodity board to mop-up excess farm produce



The Lagos State Chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to set up a commodity board that will be saddled with  the mopping-up of  excess farm produce from farmers in the country.

Its General Secretary, Mrs Abimbola Fagoyinbo, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria   in Lagos on Thursday.

She said that  the establishment of such a  board was long overdue in the phase of current global challenges that required countries all over the world to re-strategise and prepare for the future.

She said  the the board when establyshed, would mop-up excess farm produce and store them  in food reserves in preparedness for future crises, pandemic and food scarcity among others.

She said  that by so doing,  the country would  be able to take charge of availability of farm produce during on-and-off season.

Fagoyinbo said that the board would also reduce the burden on farmers, who year in, year out dispose their produce at a loss due to lack of storage facilities  in the country.

According to her, the commodity board will be responsible for buying the excess farm produce from the farmers and store them for future purpose and whenever there is need for it.

She said: “This may be done by bringing it out as a government and re-sell it to the masses at the normal price, thereby bridging the gap between plenty and scarcity seasons.

“The board will also address the problem of food wastage which is a very big challenge to the agric space.

“About 40 per cent to 60 per cent of food produce in the country are wasted due to lack of proper storage facilities: temporary or permanent.

“The board will be prepared to address any impending food shortage that may be casued by climate change, pandemic and plan for  the period  that falls between plenty and scarcity in the country.

“The essence of the board is to ensure that there will not be gap between plenty and scarcity.”

Fagoyinbo said that  the board should be initiated by the Federal Government so as to serve as a template for state governments to implement.

“Once it is in place at the federal level, the state governments will key into it and that way, it will go down to the local government levels.

“At least, let government be able to mop-up the excess produce from the farm and let the government absorb it.  By so doing when there is need, they will release it  to the market,” she said.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Peter Dada (NAN)

Death of construction firm staff delayed Eket remodeling – Gov. Emmanuel  Stakeholders call for more awareness against human smuggling Nasarawa, Kogi, Niger, others adopt measures to tackle flooding, alleviate victims’ sufferings – Survey FRSC cautions motorists against driving in flooded roads Invest in ICT infrastructure for resilient education system to survive pandemics – educationists Mushroom production can earn Nigeria more foreign exchange – NEPC COVID-19: FG receives 3 ‘Smart Walk-Through Booths’ to enhance sample collection FG distributes food items, diapers to FCT women Lack of competition taking toll on basketball players, Air Warriors coach says House of Reps C’ttee calls for upgrade of Calabar depot facilities COVID-19: China donates $2.9m medical supplies to Namibia Court grants trader custody of twin children over wife’s mental illness Aisha Buhari urges Nigerians to support victims of flood Assembly to scale up malnutrition management centres Car dealers bemoan eviction notice in Kaduna COVID-19 delays completion of water project in Bauchi as residents raise health issues NOA pleads with labour to suspend planned protest, dialogue with FG COVID-19: UNICEF donates 450,000 communications materials to Kano State Reps. spokesman commends Buhari for approving N12.8bn for Abia road Nigeria @ 60: Enugu residents want functional railway transportation Sports events can be held without vaccines, IOC President says Due process ignored in payment of N359m, witness alleges   China’s COVID-19 vaccine shows “no side effects”, says Russian pharma coy NAN to collaborate with group to promote national unity, cohesion Jimoh Aliu’s death, blow to Nigeria’s theatre industry – Ooni Flood cuts off Lokoja-Ajaokuta road, sacks more residents Former Thai minister to serve 50 years prison sentence for fraud Ondo election: Sensitive materials to arrive Akure Oct. 5 – INEC Yobe SIEC postpones LG elections Fans itch to see live action as UEFA allows spectators Kenya’s WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected Ogun lawmaker donates 2 boreholes to communities in Obafemi Owode LG  Bauchi NGO attributes raping, kidnapping, to collapse of marriage institution Senate President mourns victims of Lokoja fuel tanker explosion 38 killed, 2 missing in Indian residential building collapse as rescue operations end Court remands trader over alleged defilement of neighbour’s 14-year-old Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested in connection with protests Lebanese official says “dangerous” containers still at Beirut’s port Sales rep. bags 1 year imprisonment for cheating, escaping from custody Public servant in court for allegedly buying stolen Toyota Corolla Boko Haram Commander, family surrender to troops in Borno  FCT Police Command gets new spokesperson Lagos APPEALS Project empowers farmers to boost poultry, fish production France, Egypt, Jordan urge Israelis and Palestinians to tackle Middle-East conflict via two-state solution Businessman in court for allegedly buying stolen car Social counsellor advocates for female education in FCT communities Kogi Govt declares two-day mourning for victims of tanker explosion Court sentences tenant to 2 weeks imprisonment over contempt Businessman in court for allegedly setting his wife’s property on fire Man in court over alleged N770,000 fraud