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Association hails FG’s agric intervention programmes

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The Association of Maize Producers, Processors and Traders of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN) commended the federal government for its agricultural intervention programs aimed at promoting food self-sufficiency in the country.

MAGPAMAN National President Dr Edwin Uche praised the association at the association’s national stakeholder meeting on Monday in Abuja.

The meeting focuses on the implementation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Wet Season Maize (PBA) Anchor Borrower Program 2021.

According to Uche, the current administration has supported agriculture through several intervention windows such as the Anchor Borrowers Program (ABP) and other CBN financial portfolios.

“You have a commercial agricultural cash loan, a real sector support facility, the Bank of Industry and the Bank of Agriculture.

“All of these development banks have benefited from some level of pressure from the government in terms of portfolio creation that can support agriculture.

“And for those of us who are farmers, we have never had better in terms of investments in agriculture where our farmers have access to inputs, finance, technology, mentorship, leadership. quality in agriculture and market access.

“Our farmers are able to drive agriculture from the point of profitability where a farmer is supposed to understand that if I put one naira, I get two.

“Where farmers are supposed to understand that they are essential actors in the agenda called Nigeria and that the economic development of this country hinges on their ability to contribute by cultivating its products and producing results.

“There has never been in the history of Nigeria where agriculture has come to the fore as it is today.

“Everything else is trying to roll back agriculture, but it has remained in the foreground,” Uche said.

He pledged the commitment of farmers to make positive decisions that would increase maize production in the country to meet local demand, industrial use and export.

According to him, our determination to do the right thing, to get it right and to lead a transparent, efficient and effective process determines the future of agriculture, especially maize in Nigeria.

“It’s up to us to look within to see how we can best improve what we have done and do it better in our future programs,” he added.

While lamenting the effect of COVID-19 on maize production in Nigeria in 2020, the national president of the association expressed optimism that 2021 will see improved yields.

He said that “2020 has been a COVID year that has severely affected what we do in terms of agriculture, but 2021 is a bigger promise. It is a year of deliverance.

“This is a year where we must be compelled to deliver on the promise of 2020 and that of 2021, so we are firmly declaring to our stakeholders that we are up to the task and are ready to deliver.

“We will build on our successes from previous years and close the gaps that existed in the past to deliver better and more profitable value to Nigerians,” Uche said.

He instructed farmers to create more jobs by adding value to corn.

For his part, Dr Bello Dogandaji, national secretary of the Federation of Agricultural Products Associations of Nigeria (FACAN), expressed his confidence in the members of the association to harness the potential of maize.

Dogondaji instructed corn farmers to step up production to help CBN achieve production of 12.5 million metric tonnes of corn in the country.

“Nigerian farmers must grow enough maize to close the gap in maize production and support the government’s ban on maize imports,” he said.

For his part, Mr. Inuwa Ibrahim, Senior Trade Officer, Commodities and Exports Department, Ministry of Trade and Investment, urged farmers to triple their efforts to add value to maize as a commodity. basic.

Ibrahim underlined the ministry’s commitment to partner with producer associations determined to promote food security in the country.

He urged corn growers to leverage CBN and ABP support to prove they can produce for local demand and industrial use.

Mr. Saad Taura, President of MAGPAMAN, Jigawa, insisted on the need for early preparation for the rainy season 2021.

“Preparation is the key to successful corn production. So with the first steps and the level we take like early distribution of inputs to farmers and based on the experience of 2020, we hope to have a bumper harvest. ”

He said Jigawa aims to have up to 90% production by 2021.

Taura, however, cited insecurity, flooding and drought among the challenges facing maize production in the country.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that farmers have learned how to improve maize cultivation, management and storage system.

(NAN)

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