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  •  The All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Ogun chapter has urged the state and federal governments to adequately support farmers for increased food production in the country Mr Abiodun Ogunjimi Secretary of the association made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abeokuta Ogunjimi said governments should encourage farmers not to lose focus or interest in farming to sustain food production in the country Farmers need to be supported with inputs finance easy access to loans land preparations among others The hardship encountered by farmers is not encouraging as most of them quit the venture which adversely affect food supply in the economy Most farmers have invested heavily without realising profit and they find it difficult to reinvest due to financial constraints Our governments are doing their best but need to invest more in the agricultural sector We have to practicalise the cliche of no farmer no nation which translates to no food he said He urged goverments and other relevant agencies to motivate the youth to embrace farming and avail them of the modern farming methods and techniques The old farming methods are still being applied in several areas and this greatly discourages the youth Governments should support farmers with mechanised equipment to make the venture attractive and less stressful They should ensure that farmers access farm inputs fertilisers agro chemicals seedlings among others to enhance food production NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AFAN urges govt support to boost food production
     The All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Ogun chapter has urged the state and federal governments to adequately support farmers for increased food production in the country Mr Abiodun Ogunjimi Secretary of the association made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abeokuta Ogunjimi said governments should encourage farmers not to lose focus or interest in farming to sustain food production in the country Farmers need to be supported with inputs finance easy access to loans land preparations among others The hardship encountered by farmers is not encouraging as most of them quit the venture which adversely affect food supply in the economy Most farmers have invested heavily without realising profit and they find it difficult to reinvest due to financial constraints Our governments are doing their best but need to invest more in the agricultural sector We have to practicalise the cliche of no farmer no nation which translates to no food he said He urged goverments and other relevant agencies to motivate the youth to embrace farming and avail them of the modern farming methods and techniques The old farming methods are still being applied in several areas and this greatly discourages the youth Governments should support farmers with mechanised equipment to make the venture attractive and less stressful They should ensure that farmers access farm inputs fertilisers agro chemicals seedlings among others to enhance food production NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AFAN urges govt support to boost food production
    General news5 months ago

    AFAN urges govt support to boost food production

    The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Ogun chapter has urged the state and federal governments to adequately support farmers for increased food production in the country.

    Mr Abiodun Ogunjimi, Secretary of the association, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abeokuta.

    Ogunjimi said governments should encourage farmers not to lose focus or interest in farming, to sustain food production in the country.

    “Farmers need to be  supported with inputs, finance, easy access to loans, land preparations, among others.

    “The hardship encountered by farmers is not encouraging, as most of them quit the venture which adversely affect food supply in the economy.

    “Most farmers have  invested heavily without realising profit and they find it difficult to reinvest due to financial constraints.

    “Our governments are doing their best but need to invest more in the agricultural sector.

    “We have to practicalise the cliche of ‘no farmer, no nation’ which translates to no food,” he said.

    He urged goverments and other relevant agencies to motivate the youth to embrace farming and avail them of the modern farming methods and techniques.

    “The old farming methods are still being applied in several areas and this greatly discourages the youth.

    “Governments should support farmers with mechanised equipment to make the venture attractive and less stressful.

    “They should ensure that farmers access farm inputs, fertilisers, agro chemicals, seedlings, among others, to enhance food production.  

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN has called for speedy and effective implementation and sustainability of laudable agricultural initiatives and policies of the Federal Government Mr Kabir Ibrahim National President of AFAN in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday said only full implementation and sustainability of such initiatives would impact on national economy Ibrahim listed the initiatives to include the CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme the Agriculture Promotion Policy Presidential Fertiliser Initiative and the Integrated Farm Initiatives by the National Agricultural Land Development Agency Others he said were the National Livestock Transformation Plan NLTP Farmer Data Capture Social Safety Nets National Food Reserve Agency and the Seeds Fertiliser and Soil Acts which he said would all give impetus to a veritable food system For these initiatives to impact positively on the agricultural transformation of Nigeria s economy and also Africa s economy they must be satisfactorily implemented and sustained beyond the present administration the ANAN President said Ibrahim also advocated for agricultural subsidy to reach the small holder farmers directly and sustainably in Nigeria and Africa especially with the current COVID 19 pandemic Russia s war on Ukraine and insecurity shocks According to him small holder farmers are the engine room of production in agriculture in Africa with low level of mechanisation hence agriculture should be directly subsidised to attain a reasonable level of food sufficiency The vulnerability of Africa s economy due to the various shocks posed by the COVID 19 pandemic Russia war on Ukraine and insecurity can only be mitigated by the evolution of an efficient Africa food system All countries in Africa must commit to the sizable investment in agriculture to bolster their food systems and avert further stresses and challenges of food and physical insecurity pervading the entire continent However he noted that the Africa Continental Fee Trade Area AfCFTA initiative was germane to Africa s prosperity if the right strategies would be judiciously deployed in its implementation The AFAN boss advised that all countries in the African continent should create the requisite synergy among themselves by optimising productivity processing storage distribution and consumption of food to evolve a veritable food system He said towards the ethos that Africans should be their brother s keeper to realise the continent s full potential a United States of Africa should be created by revamping the African Union There are several innovations in agriculture aside from mechanisation and value addition such as climate smart agriculture the sustainable deployment of agricultural biotechnology and all year round agricultural production This will make Africa the food continent of the globe especially leveraging on its large cultivable land and nearly 60 per cent youth population he said According to him the COVID 19 pandemic has taught the entire world the need to be self sufficient in food medicine and almost every facet of life Ibrahim reiterated that shocks such as the Russia war on Ukraine should serve as a wake up call to Africa if the continent must become sustainably competitive and prosperous NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Farmers call for speedy, effective implementation of agricultural initiatives, policies
     All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN has called for speedy and effective implementation and sustainability of laudable agricultural initiatives and policies of the Federal Government Mr Kabir Ibrahim National President of AFAN in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday said only full implementation and sustainability of such initiatives would impact on national economy Ibrahim listed the initiatives to include the CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme the Agriculture Promotion Policy Presidential Fertiliser Initiative and the Integrated Farm Initiatives by the National Agricultural Land Development Agency Others he said were the National Livestock Transformation Plan NLTP Farmer Data Capture Social Safety Nets National Food Reserve Agency and the Seeds Fertiliser and Soil Acts which he said would all give impetus to a veritable food system For these initiatives to impact positively on the agricultural transformation of Nigeria s economy and also Africa s economy they must be satisfactorily implemented and sustained beyond the present administration the ANAN President said Ibrahim also advocated for agricultural subsidy to reach the small holder farmers directly and sustainably in Nigeria and Africa especially with the current COVID 19 pandemic Russia s war on Ukraine and insecurity shocks According to him small holder farmers are the engine room of production in agriculture in Africa with low level of mechanisation hence agriculture should be directly subsidised to attain a reasonable level of food sufficiency The vulnerability of Africa s economy due to the various shocks posed by the COVID 19 pandemic Russia war on Ukraine and insecurity can only be mitigated by the evolution of an efficient Africa food system All countries in Africa must commit to the sizable investment in agriculture to bolster their food systems and avert further stresses and challenges of food and physical insecurity pervading the entire continent However he noted that the Africa Continental Fee Trade Area AfCFTA initiative was germane to Africa s prosperity if the right strategies would be judiciously deployed in its implementation The AFAN boss advised that all countries in the African continent should create the requisite synergy among themselves by optimising productivity processing storage distribution and consumption of food to evolve a veritable food system He said towards the ethos that Africans should be their brother s keeper to realise the continent s full potential a United States of Africa should be created by revamping the African Union There are several innovations in agriculture aside from mechanisation and value addition such as climate smart agriculture the sustainable deployment of agricultural biotechnology and all year round agricultural production This will make Africa the food continent of the globe especially leveraging on its large cultivable land and nearly 60 per cent youth population he said According to him the COVID 19 pandemic has taught the entire world the need to be self sufficient in food medicine and almost every facet of life Ibrahim reiterated that shocks such as the Russia war on Ukraine should serve as a wake up call to Africa if the continent must become sustainably competitive and prosperous NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Farmers call for speedy, effective implementation of agricultural initiatives, policies
    General news5 months ago

    Farmers call for speedy, effective implementation of agricultural initiatives, policies

    All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), has called for speedy and effective implementation and sustainability of “laudable agricultural initiatives and policies” of the Federal Government.

    Mr Kabir Ibrahim, National President of AFAN, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , in Abuja on Thursday, said only full implementation and sustainability of such initiatives would impact on national economy.

    Ibrahim listed the initiatives to include; the CBN Anchor Borrowers Programme, the Agriculture Promotion Policy, Presidential Fertiliser Initiative, and the Integrated Farm Initiatives by the National Agricultural Land Development Agency.

    Others, he said, were; the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), Farmer Data Capture, Social Safety Nets, National Food Reserve Agency and the Seeds, Fertiliser and Soil Acts, which he said would all give impetus to a veritable food system.

    “For these initiatives to impact positively on the agricultural transformation of Nigeria’s economy and also Africa’s economy, they must be satisfactorily implemented and sustained beyond the present administration,’’ the ANAN President said.

    Ibrahim also advocated for agricultural subsidy to reach the small holder farmers, directly and sustainably in Nigeria and Africa, especially with the current COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s war on Ukraine and insecurity shocks.

    According to him, small holder farmers are the engine room of production in agriculture in Africa with low level of mechanisation, hence agriculture should be directly subsidised to attain a reasonable level of food sufficiency.

    “The vulnerability of Africa’s economy due to the various shocks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia war on Ukraine and insecurity can only be mitigated by the evolution of an efficient `Africa food system.’

    “All countries in Africa must commit to the sizable investment in agriculture to bolster their food systems and avert further stresses and challenges of food and physical insecurity pervading the entire continent.’’

    However, he noted that the Africa Continental Fee Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiative, was germane to Africa’s prosperity if the right strategies would be judiciously deployed in its implementation.

    The AFAN boss advised that all countries in the African continent should create the requisite synergy among themselves by optimising productivity, processing, storage, distribution and consumption of food to evolve a veritable food system.

    He said towards the ethos that Africans should be their brother’s keeper to realise the continent’s full potential, a United States of Africa should be created by revamping the African Union.

    “There are several innovations in agriculture aside from mechanisation and value addition, such as climate smart agriculture, the sustainable deployment of agricultural biotechnology, and all year round agricultural production.

    “This will make Africa the `food continent’ of the globe, especially leveraging on its large cultivable land and nearly 60 per cent youth population,’’ he said.

    According to him, the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the entire world the need to be self-sufficient in food, medicine and almost every facet of life.

    Ibrahim reiterated that shocks such as the Russia war on Ukraine, should serve as a wake-up call to Africa if the continent must become sustainably competitive and prosperous. (

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN has urged its members to obtain Permanent Voters Cards PVCs in the ongoing voter registration ahead of 2023 general elections The National President of AFAN Mr Farouk Mudi made the call during the inauguration of the association s newly elected executives in Sokoto State on Monday Mudi expressed dissatisfaction with lack of concern for farmers in the areas of decision making policy formulation and implementation in the country About 80 per cent of Nigerians who are farmers have been neglected in the areas of decision making policy formulation and implementation All positions which have to do with agriculture must be left to members of the farmers association at the national state and local government levels We strongly believe that with our members in leadership positions in the agriculture sector critical transformation will take place Farmers must come together at local state and national levels We will not relent anymore we must fight to get what belongs to us regardless of any political party affiliation he said Mudi explained that the association unanimously resolved that any politician seeking farmers support must enter into an agreement with AFAN regarding decisions about farmers in Nigeria According to him present national executives are trying to incorporate all categories of farmers restructure the association for uptimal performance and ways to explore opportunities for members He added that a data base was being formulated where individual farmers and groups were captured to facilitate benefiting loan scheme health insurance scheme and other initiative to uplift farmers well being The National President said relevant authorities and institutions were being contacted to change the farmers situation to better We ensured formulation of 6 006 association executives in the 8 853 political words in 774 local government areas across the country Farmers feed the nation out of their productive activities while vast population of policy makers neglected real practising farmers and patronised groups without formidable obligations in farming activities Mudi added that tricycle loans township bus service inputs and other supports would soon be implemented to members in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the national president inaugurated 23 executive members in Sokoto state with Alhaji Jamilu Sanusi as Chairman Alhaji Usman Tambuwal Alhaji Hamza Tangaza and Alhaji Mamman Sule are Vice Chairmen One and Two Alhaji Lawal Usman and Musa Yusuf were inaugurated as Secretary and Assistant Secretary while Tukur Namadina and Sama ila Hamza were inaugurated as Treasurer and Public Relations Officers The newly inaugurated Chairman Sanusi assured members of the desire to pursue the targeted goals of AFAN from previous leaders achievements The executive comprises representation from all the farmers groups and associations in Sokoto State NAN further reports that during the occasion Mr Caius Egbufoam a representative of US Based Agronomic Technology company signed working partnership with AFAN on yield enhancement and modern agricultural practices NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AFAN urges members to get PVCs, demands inclusion in policy formulation
     The All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN has urged its members to obtain Permanent Voters Cards PVCs in the ongoing voter registration ahead of 2023 general elections The National President of AFAN Mr Farouk Mudi made the call during the inauguration of the association s newly elected executives in Sokoto State on Monday Mudi expressed dissatisfaction with lack of concern for farmers in the areas of decision making policy formulation and implementation in the country About 80 per cent of Nigerians who are farmers have been neglected in the areas of decision making policy formulation and implementation All positions which have to do with agriculture must be left to members of the farmers association at the national state and local government levels We strongly believe that with our members in leadership positions in the agriculture sector critical transformation will take place Farmers must come together at local state and national levels We will not relent anymore we must fight to get what belongs to us regardless of any political party affiliation he said Mudi explained that the association unanimously resolved that any politician seeking farmers support must enter into an agreement with AFAN regarding decisions about farmers in Nigeria According to him present national executives are trying to incorporate all categories of farmers restructure the association for uptimal performance and ways to explore opportunities for members He added that a data base was being formulated where individual farmers and groups were captured to facilitate benefiting loan scheme health insurance scheme and other initiative to uplift farmers well being The National President said relevant authorities and institutions were being contacted to change the farmers situation to better We ensured formulation of 6 006 association executives in the 8 853 political words in 774 local government areas across the country Farmers feed the nation out of their productive activities while vast population of policy makers neglected real practising farmers and patronised groups without formidable obligations in farming activities Mudi added that tricycle loans township bus service inputs and other supports would soon be implemented to members in the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the national president inaugurated 23 executive members in Sokoto state with Alhaji Jamilu Sanusi as Chairman Alhaji Usman Tambuwal Alhaji Hamza Tangaza and Alhaji Mamman Sule are Vice Chairmen One and Two Alhaji Lawal Usman and Musa Yusuf were inaugurated as Secretary and Assistant Secretary while Tukur Namadina and Sama ila Hamza were inaugurated as Treasurer and Public Relations Officers The newly inaugurated Chairman Sanusi assured members of the desire to pursue the targeted goals of AFAN from previous leaders achievements The executive comprises representation from all the farmers groups and associations in Sokoto State NAN further reports that during the occasion Mr Caius Egbufoam a representative of US Based Agronomic Technology company signed working partnership with AFAN on yield enhancement and modern agricultural practices NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AFAN urges members to get PVCs, demands inclusion in policy formulation
    General news5 months ago

    AFAN urges members to get PVCs, demands inclusion in policy formulation

    The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), has urged its members to obtain Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) in the ongoing voter registration ahead of 2023 general elections.

    The National President of AFAN,  Mr Farouk Mudi, made the call during the inauguration of the association’s newly elected executives in Sokoto State on Monday.

    Mudi expressed dissatisfaction with “lack of concern for farmers” in the areas of decision-making, policy formulation and implementation in the country.

    “ About 80 per cent of Nigerians who are farmers have been neglected in the areas of decision-making, policy formulation and implementation.

    ” All positions which have to do with agriculture must be left to members of the farmers association at the national, state and local government levels.

    “ We strongly believe that with our members in leadership positions in the agriculture sector, critical transformation will take place.

    “Farmers must come together at local, state and national levels. We will not relent anymore; we must fight to get what belongs to us, regardless of any political party affiliation,’’ he said.

    Mudi explained that the association unanimously resolved that any politician seeking farmers’ support must enter into an agreement with AFAN regarding decisions about farmers in Nigeria.

    According to him, present national executives are trying to incorporate all categories of farmers, restructure the association for uptimal performance and ways to explore opportunities for members.

    He added that a data base was being formulated, where individual farmers and groups were captured, to facilitate benefiting loan scheme, health insurance scheme and other initiative to uplift farmers well being.

    The National President said relevant authorities and institutions were being contacted to change the farmers situation to better.

    ” We ensured formulation of 6,006 association executives in the 8,853 political words in 774 local government areas across the country .

    ” Farmers feed the nation out of their productive activities, while vast population of policy makers neglected real practising farmers and patronised groups without formidable obligations in farming activities.”

    Mudi added that tricycle loans, township bus service, inputs and other supports would soon be implemented to members in the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the national president inaugurated 23 executive members in Sokoto state with Alhaji Jamilu Sanusi as Chairman.

    Alhaji Usman Tambuwal, Alhaji Hamza Tangaza and Alhaji Mamman Sule are Vice Chairmen One and Two.

    Alhaji Lawal Usman and Musa Yusuf were inaugurated as Secretary and Assistant Secretary while Tukur Namadina and Sama’ila Hamza were inaugurated as Treasurer and Public Relations Officers.

    The newly inaugurated Chairman, Sanusi assured members of the desire to pursue the targeted goals of AFAN from previous leaders achievements.

    The executive comprises representation from all the farmers groups and associations in Sokoto State.

    NAN further reports that during the occasion, Mr Caius Egbufoam, a representative of US-Based Agronomic Technology company, signed working partnership with AFAN on yield enhancement and modern agricultural practices.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Nasarawa State Chapter has returned all its officials unopposed to pilot the affairs of the association for the next five years The Electoral Committee Chairman Mr Mohammed Hantsi who made the announcement after the election on Monday in Lafia urged the new executive to live above board while discharging their duties when sworn in Hantsi appreciated the members of the association for their good conduct before during and after the election Speaking on behalf of the officers AFAN Chairman Mr Isaac Kigbu thanked farmers in the state for finding him and his new executive worthy of the positions I want to thank members of this association for the confidence reposed in us by the grace of God we will not fail you while discharging our duties We will key into good policies and programmes that will boost food security in the state and the country at large he said He also promised to work with farmers of different commodities across the state to ensure that improved seeds are supplied The chairman urged Nigerians to embrace agriculture to boost food security to be self reliant and contribute their quota to the development of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other executive members elected include Salisu Ahmed Shammah John Deputy Chairman 1 and 2 Alhassan Useni General Secretary Aku Angbashim Assistant Secretary and Evelyn Samuel Kytiga Treasurer Others are Saidu Usman Osheka Financial Secretary Rabiu Ribi Yakubu Assistant Financial Secretary Alaku Dennis Publicity Secretary Sale Yahaya Organising Secretary Bashir Mohammed Umar Auditor and Ayiwulu Baba Legal Adviser among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AFAN returns officers unopposed in Nasarawa State
     The All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Nasarawa State Chapter has returned all its officials unopposed to pilot the affairs of the association for the next five years The Electoral Committee Chairman Mr Mohammed Hantsi who made the announcement after the election on Monday in Lafia urged the new executive to live above board while discharging their duties when sworn in Hantsi appreciated the members of the association for their good conduct before during and after the election Speaking on behalf of the officers AFAN Chairman Mr Isaac Kigbu thanked farmers in the state for finding him and his new executive worthy of the positions I want to thank members of this association for the confidence reposed in us by the grace of God we will not fail you while discharging our duties We will key into good policies and programmes that will boost food security in the state and the country at large he said He also promised to work with farmers of different commodities across the state to ensure that improved seeds are supplied The chairman urged Nigerians to embrace agriculture to boost food security to be self reliant and contribute their quota to the development of the country The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other executive members elected include Salisu Ahmed Shammah John Deputy Chairman 1 and 2 Alhassan Useni General Secretary Aku Angbashim Assistant Secretary and Evelyn Samuel Kytiga Treasurer Others are Saidu Usman Osheka Financial Secretary Rabiu Ribi Yakubu Assistant Financial Secretary Alaku Dennis Publicity Secretary Sale Yahaya Organising Secretary Bashir Mohammed Umar Auditor and Ayiwulu Baba Legal Adviser among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    AFAN returns officers unopposed in Nasarawa State
    General news6 months ago

    AFAN returns officers unopposed in Nasarawa State

    The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Nasarawa State Chapter, has returned all its officials unopposed  to pilot the affairs of the association for the next five years.

    The Electoral Committee Chairman, Mr Mohammed Hantsi,  who made the announcement after the election on Monday in Lafia, urged the new executive to live above board while discharging their duties when sworn-in.

    Hantsi appreciated the members of the association for their good conduct before, during and after the election.

    Speaking on behalf of the officers, AFAN Chairman, Mr  Isaac Kigbu. thanked farmers in the state for finding him and his new executive worthy of the positions.

    “I want to thank members of this association for the confidence reposed in  us by the grace of God, we will not fail you while discharging our duties.

    “We will key into good policies and programmes that will boost food security in the state and the country at large,” he said.

    He also promised to work with farmers of different commodities across the state to ensure that improved seeds are supplied.

    The chairman urged Nigerians to embrace agriculture to boost food security, to be self-reliant and contribute their quota to the development of the country.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other executive members elected include, Salisu Ahmed, Shammah John, Deputy Chairman 1 and 2, Alhassan Useni- General Secretary, Aku Angbashim- Assistant Secretary and Evelyn Samuel-Kytiga, Treasurer.

    Others are Saidu Usman-Osheka- Financial Secretary, Rabiu Ribi-Yakubu- Assistant Financial Secretary, Alaku Dennis- Publicity Secretary, Sale Yahaya, Organising Secretary, Bashir Mohammed Umar- Auditor and Ayiwulu Baba- Legal Adviser, among others.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Farmers in the South South geopolitical zone have called on the Federal Government not to engage politicians in fertilizer distribution but rather engage dealers that would make the product directly available to them They made the calls on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in a survey on the challenges farmers were facing due to the activities of middlemen in the distribution of Agriculture inputs especially fertilizers Farmers in the zone claimed that in spite of the subsidy on fertilizer by the Federal Government they were still buying the product from the open market at exorbitant prices Commenting Mr Bassey Inwang the Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN in Akwa Ibom said We do not enjoy subsidised fertilizers from the Federal Government The Federal State and Local Governments should collaborate to end high cost of fertilizers and ensure food sufficiency in the country According to him now fertilizer goes for between N12 000 and N15 000 per bag depending on the brand The AFAN chairman said that 50kg of fertilizer which now cost between N12 000 and N15 000 was out of the reach for farmers in the state He said that high cost of fertilizers had affected yields as farmers were producing below the capacity Also Mr Richard Asenime the Chairman of AFAN in Delta complained that farmers in the state have difficulty in accessing fertilizer for their crops Asenime told NAN in Asaba that the product was very exorbitant to the extent that local farmers have to resort to cultivating their crops without applying fertilizer According to him there is Federal Government subsidised fertilizers but could not be accessed by all farmers This has made it difficult to access the locally produced fertilizers coupled with the challenge of Russia Ukraine war which has also affected the supply and prices of the imported ones As things are going I doubt if farmers will be able to meet their production target for the year given these challenges We have asked farmers not to rely on loans or support from the government but go all out to source for money to enable them to produce food for their families We have however cautioned them against going to shylock money lenders in order not to complicate issues he said Asenime said that most farmers in Delta had been trained by the state government and so they could apply the knowledge to ensure good harvest Now that farmers can t afford fertilizers all they need to do is to prepare their land plant the crop and begin to pray to God for a good harvest For this year we have not received any support in form of inputs from the government but we have written to the governor for support he said In his remarks Mr Etta Henry the Director Fertilizer and Agriculture Inputs Cross River Ministry of Agriculture said that government needs to work with agro inputs dealers not politicians for effective distribution of fertilizer to farmers Henry said that politicians in charge of different agriculture related agencies had their personal targets and not real farmers He said that government only needed to work with the registered agro inputs dealers who would be monitored as soon as fertilizers were made available By so doing farmers in different locations will be alerted on where they can pick the product If we begin to allow politicians to handle fertilizers allocation and distribution they will smuggle hijack the process States should be responsible to register agro inputs dealers of repute while farmers should be paired to these agro dealers in their respective state This will enable the farmers to walk into the warehouse of the dealers and get their fertilizer at the approved price The best way is for us to return to the Federal Government s Growth Enhancement Scheme GES introduced by Dr Akinwumi Adeshina a former Minister of Agriculture Henry said Corroborating Mr Godwin Akandu the Chairman Rivers chapter of Nigeria Agro Inputs Dealers Association NAIDA in Port Harcourt urged the Federal Government to reintroduce the subsidy formula that is the Growth Enhancement Scheme GES of the former adminstration Nigerian farmers can not forget the Federal Government s Growth Enhancement Scheme GES easily where government paid 50 per cent and allow farmers to pay only 50 per cent cost of agro inputs During the period that GES was implemented most Nigerian farmers were directly impacted as fertilizers disbursement was done using the farmers database such as their phone contacts Akandu said He told NAN that currently in Rivers there was no government subsidised fertilizers that could impact the farmers directly The ongoing Federal Government s fertilizer initiative is for the fertilizers production companies and multinationals like Indorama Notori Wacot and other fertilizers blending companies For us as dealers and middlemen currently there is no government intervention in the area of subsidy Two weeks ago we bought a 50kg bag of Urea for N15 200 from Indorama fertilizer company and distributed at the rate of N16 000 to retailers and farmers We also bought 50kg bag of MPK for N23 000 from Golden a fertilizer blending company and distributed at N24 000 per bag he said Meanwhile farmers in the state are complaining about high cost of fertilizer and other agro imputs as they urge the government to ensure fertilizer subsidy so as to check food shortage This is affecting farmers in the state For instance it is estimated that one hectre of cassava farm takes as much as eight bags of 50kg fertilizer as well as other agro enhancement deliverables How many cassava farmers can make profit after spending as much as N184 000 on fertilizer per hectre and addressing other needs like labour seeds and paste control a farmer Mrs Agnes Woka said On his part Mr Nathaniel Ellem the Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN in Cross River said that for government to succeed in effective fertilizer distribution it should work with the association According to Ellem it is only AFAN that knows all farmers at the grassroots and how to get in touch with them whenever fertilizer is available The problem is that government does not want to make use of AFAN and they are missing the point because these are people who know the farmers down to the grassroots he said Also Mr Wellington Omoragbon the State Director of Agriculture Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that reintroduction of price control board would help to check the excesses of middlemen in agribusiness Omoragbon told NAN in Benin that prices of commodities including agriculture inputs had increased because of high cost of transportation resulting from bad roads We are also of the opinion that if government subsidises agriculture and encourages farmers to scale up food production farm produce will be surplus and the middlemen will become irrelevant If government can rehabilitate rural roads and invest in transportation for the evacuation of agriculture produce prices of commodities will not increase no matter the activities of middlemen he said NAN
    Don’t engage politicians in fertilizer distribution, Stakeholders urges Govt
     Farmers in the South South geopolitical zone have called on the Federal Government not to engage politicians in fertilizer distribution but rather engage dealers that would make the product directly available to them They made the calls on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in a survey on the challenges farmers were facing due to the activities of middlemen in the distribution of Agriculture inputs especially fertilizers Farmers in the zone claimed that in spite of the subsidy on fertilizer by the Federal Government they were still buying the product from the open market at exorbitant prices Commenting Mr Bassey Inwang the Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN in Akwa Ibom said We do not enjoy subsidised fertilizers from the Federal Government The Federal State and Local Governments should collaborate to end high cost of fertilizers and ensure food sufficiency in the country According to him now fertilizer goes for between N12 000 and N15 000 per bag depending on the brand The AFAN chairman said that 50kg of fertilizer which now cost between N12 000 and N15 000 was out of the reach for farmers in the state He said that high cost of fertilizers had affected yields as farmers were producing below the capacity Also Mr Richard Asenime the Chairman of AFAN in Delta complained that farmers in the state have difficulty in accessing fertilizer for their crops Asenime told NAN in Asaba that the product was very exorbitant to the extent that local farmers have to resort to cultivating their crops without applying fertilizer According to him there is Federal Government subsidised fertilizers but could not be accessed by all farmers This has made it difficult to access the locally produced fertilizers coupled with the challenge of Russia Ukraine war which has also affected the supply and prices of the imported ones As things are going I doubt if farmers will be able to meet their production target for the year given these challenges We have asked farmers not to rely on loans or support from the government but go all out to source for money to enable them to produce food for their families We have however cautioned them against going to shylock money lenders in order not to complicate issues he said Asenime said that most farmers in Delta had been trained by the state government and so they could apply the knowledge to ensure good harvest Now that farmers can t afford fertilizers all they need to do is to prepare their land plant the crop and begin to pray to God for a good harvest For this year we have not received any support in form of inputs from the government but we have written to the governor for support he said In his remarks Mr Etta Henry the Director Fertilizer and Agriculture Inputs Cross River Ministry of Agriculture said that government needs to work with agro inputs dealers not politicians for effective distribution of fertilizer to farmers Henry said that politicians in charge of different agriculture related agencies had their personal targets and not real farmers He said that government only needed to work with the registered agro inputs dealers who would be monitored as soon as fertilizers were made available By so doing farmers in different locations will be alerted on where they can pick the product If we begin to allow politicians to handle fertilizers allocation and distribution they will smuggle hijack the process States should be responsible to register agro inputs dealers of repute while farmers should be paired to these agro dealers in their respective state This will enable the farmers to walk into the warehouse of the dealers and get their fertilizer at the approved price The best way is for us to return to the Federal Government s Growth Enhancement Scheme GES introduced by Dr Akinwumi Adeshina a former Minister of Agriculture Henry said Corroborating Mr Godwin Akandu the Chairman Rivers chapter of Nigeria Agro Inputs Dealers Association NAIDA in Port Harcourt urged the Federal Government to reintroduce the subsidy formula that is the Growth Enhancement Scheme GES of the former adminstration Nigerian farmers can not forget the Federal Government s Growth Enhancement Scheme GES easily where government paid 50 per cent and allow farmers to pay only 50 per cent cost of agro inputs During the period that GES was implemented most Nigerian farmers were directly impacted as fertilizers disbursement was done using the farmers database such as their phone contacts Akandu said He told NAN that currently in Rivers there was no government subsidised fertilizers that could impact the farmers directly The ongoing Federal Government s fertilizer initiative is for the fertilizers production companies and multinationals like Indorama Notori Wacot and other fertilizers blending companies For us as dealers and middlemen currently there is no government intervention in the area of subsidy Two weeks ago we bought a 50kg bag of Urea for N15 200 from Indorama fertilizer company and distributed at the rate of N16 000 to retailers and farmers We also bought 50kg bag of MPK for N23 000 from Golden a fertilizer blending company and distributed at N24 000 per bag he said Meanwhile farmers in the state are complaining about high cost of fertilizer and other agro imputs as they urge the government to ensure fertilizer subsidy so as to check food shortage This is affecting farmers in the state For instance it is estimated that one hectre of cassava farm takes as much as eight bags of 50kg fertilizer as well as other agro enhancement deliverables How many cassava farmers can make profit after spending as much as N184 000 on fertilizer per hectre and addressing other needs like labour seeds and paste control a farmer Mrs Agnes Woka said On his part Mr Nathaniel Ellem the Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN in Cross River said that for government to succeed in effective fertilizer distribution it should work with the association According to Ellem it is only AFAN that knows all farmers at the grassroots and how to get in touch with them whenever fertilizer is available The problem is that government does not want to make use of AFAN and they are missing the point because these are people who know the farmers down to the grassroots he said Also Mr Wellington Omoragbon the State Director of Agriculture Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that reintroduction of price control board would help to check the excesses of middlemen in agribusiness Omoragbon told NAN in Benin that prices of commodities including agriculture inputs had increased because of high cost of transportation resulting from bad roads We are also of the opinion that if government subsidises agriculture and encourages farmers to scale up food production farm produce will be surplus and the middlemen will become irrelevant If government can rehabilitate rural roads and invest in transportation for the evacuation of agriculture produce prices of commodities will not increase no matter the activities of middlemen he said NAN
    Don’t engage politicians in fertilizer distribution, Stakeholders urges Govt
    General news6 months ago

    Don’t engage politicians in fertilizer distribution, Stakeholders urges Govt

    Farmers in the South-South geopolitical zone have called on the Federal Government not to engage politicians in fertilizer distribution, but rather engage dealers that would make the product directly available to them.

    They made the calls on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in a survey on the challenges farmers were facing due to the activities of middlemen in the distribution of Agriculture inputs, especially fertilizers.

    Farmers in the zone claimed that in spite of the subsidy on fertilizer by the Federal Government, they were still buying the product from the open market at exorbitant prices.

    Commenting, Mr Bassey Inwang, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Akwa Ibom, said: “We do not enjoy subsidised fertilizers from the Federal Government.

    “The Federal, State and Local Governments should collaborate to end high cost of fertilizers and ensure food sufficiency in the country.”

    According to him, now, fertilizer goes for between N12, 000 and N15, 000 per bag, depending on the brand.

    The AFAN chairman said that 50kg of fertilizer, which now cost between N12,000 and N15,000, was out of the reach for farmers in the state.

    He said that high cost of fertilizers had affected yields as farmers were producing below the capacity.

    Also, Mr Richard Asenime, the Chairman of AFAN in Delta,
    complained that farmers in the state have difficulty in accessing fertilizer for their crops.

    Asenime told NAN in Asaba that the product was very exorbitant to the extent that local farmers have to resort to cultivating their crops without applying fertilizer.

    According to him, there is Federal Government subsidised fertilizers, but could not be accessed by all farmers.

    “This has made it difficult to access the locally produced fertilizers, coupled with the challenge of Russia-Ukraine war, which has also affected the supply and prices of the imported ones.

    “As things are going, I doubt if farmers will be able to meet their production target for the year, given these challenges.

    “We have asked farmers not to rely on loans or support from the government, but go all out to source for money to enable them to produce food for their families.

    “We have, however, cautioned them against going to shylock money lenders in order not to complicate issues,” he said.

    Asenime said that most farmers in Delta had been trained by the state government and so, they could apply the knowledge to ensure good harvest.

    “Now that farmers can’t afford fertilizers, all they need to do is to prepare their land, plant the crop and begin to pray to God for a good harvest.

    “For this year, we have not received any support, in form of inputs from the government, but we have written to the governor for support,” he said.

    In his remarks, Mr Etta Henry, the Director, Fertilizer and Agriculture Inputs, Cross River Ministry of Agriculture, said that government needs to work with agro-inputs dealers, not politicians, for effective distribution of fertilizer to farmers.

    Henry said that politicians in charge of different agriculture-related agencies had their “personal targets” and not real farmers.

    He said that government only needed to work with the registered agro-inputs dealers, who would be monitored as soon as fertilizers were made available.

    “By so doing, farmers in different locations will be alerted on where they can pick the product.

    “If we begin to allow politicians to handle fertilizers allocation and distribution, they will smuggle hijack the process.

    “States should be responsible to register agro-inputs dealers of repute, while farmers should be paired to these agro dealers in their respective state.

    “This will enable the farmers to walk into the warehouse of the dealers and get their fertilizer at the approved price.

    “The best way is for us to return to the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) introduced by Dr Akinwumi Adeshina, a former Minister of Agriculture,” Henry said.

    Corroborating, Mr Godwin Akandu, the Chairman, Rivers chapter of Nigeria Agro Inputs Dealers Association (NAIDA), in Port Harcourt, urged the Federal Government to reintroduce the subsidy formula, that is, the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) of the former adminstration.

    “Nigerian farmers can not forget the Federal Government’s Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) easily, where government paid 50 per cent and allow farmers to pay only 50 per cent cost of agro inputs.

    “During the period that GES was implemented, most Nigerian farmers were directly impacted as fertilizers disbursement was done, using the farmers’ database, such as their phone contacts,” Akandu said.

    He told NAN that currently in Rivers, there was no government subsidised fertilizers that could impact the farmers directly.

    “The ongoing Federal Government’s fertilizer initiative is for the fertilizers production companies and multinationals like Indorama, Notori, Wacot and other fertilizers blending companies.

    “For us as dealers and middlemen, currently, there is no government intervention in the area of subsidy.

    “Two weeks ago, we bought a 50kg bag of Urea for N15, 200 from Indorama fertilizer company and distributed at the rate of N16,000 to retailers and farmers.

    “We also bought 50kg bag of MPK for N23,000 from Golden, a fertilizer blending company and distributed at N24, 000 per bag,” he said.

    Meanwhile, farmers in the state are complaining about high cost of fertilizer and other agro imputs, as they urge the government to ensure fertilizer subsidy so as to check food shortage.

    “This is affecting farmers in the state. For instance, it is estimated that one hectre of cassava farm takes as much as eight bags of 50kg fertilizer, as well as other agro enhancement deliverables.

    “How many cassava farmers can make profit after spending as much as N184, 000 on fertilizer per hectre and addressing other needs like labour, seeds and paste control,” a farmer, Mrs Agnes Woka said.

    On his part, Mr Nathaniel Ellem, the Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Cross River, said that for government to succeed in effective fertilizer distribution, it should work with the association.

    According to Ellem, it is only AFAN that knows all farmers at the grassroots and how to get in touch with them whenever fertilizer is available.

    “The problem is that government does not want to make use of AFAN and they are missing the point, because these are people who know the farmers down to the grassroots,” he said.

    Also, Mr Wellington Omoragbon, the State Director of Agriculture, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, said that reintroduction of price control board would help to check the excesses of middlemen in agribusiness.

    Omoragbon told NAN in Benin that prices of commodities, including agriculture inputs, had increased because of high cost of transportation, resulting from bad roads.

    “We are also of the opinion that if government subsidises agriculture and encourages farmers to scale up food production, farm produce will be surplus and the middlemen will become irrelevant.

    “If government can rehabilitate rural roads and invest in transportation for the evacuation of agriculture produce, prices of commodities will not increase, no matter the activities of middlemen,” he said.


    (NAN)

  •  Farmers in the South East geopolitical zone have urged the Federal Government to supply subsidised fertilizers and other farm inputs directly to their associations to end the unwholesome activities of middlemen in the region They made the plea in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday while reacting to the activities of middlemen in the distribution of agriculture inputs especially fertilizers The farmers said that in spite of the subsidy on fertilizers by the Federal Government they were still buying the product from the open markets at exorbitant prices Commenting Prof Charles Asadu of the Department of Soil Science University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said that middlemen were making it difficult for real farmers to access the government subsidised fertilizers Asadu who is the South East Coordinator Nigeria Institute of Soil Science NISS said it was painful that majority of farmers were buying fertilizers from the open markets at exorbitant prices because they have no access to the subsidised fertilizers The problem is that the middlemen allow those I call political farmers to come and buy fertilizers at cheap prices and then resell them at high price to traders in the open markets Middlemen and this political farmers are making brisk businesses yearly from the government subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs meant for farmers in the country he said The coordinator said that high cost of fertilizers was one of the reasons responsible for hike in prices of food items in the market A bag of fertiliser is being sold now in open market between N28 000 and N30 000 per 50kg bag as against between N10 000 and N15 000 sold in 2021 So a farmer will add the cost of fertilizer to determine how much to sell harvested food items For the prices of food items and vegetables to come down government should put measures in place that will ensure that farmers have access to subsidised fertilizers he said The agriculture expert said that one of the ways government could solve the unwholesome activities of middlemen was to supply fertilizers and other subsidised farm inputs directly to the farmers associations Government can also build warehouses in Faculties of Agriculture in tertiary institutions in the country as a point of sale for subsidised fertilizers to farmers so that sales will be supervised and monitored by the faculty he said Also Mr Victor Eze a cassava famer alleged that middlemen were using the government subsidised fertilizers to enrich themselves as they were selling the product to traders in open markets at high cost Since I started farming in 2013 I have not benefited from the so called government subsidised fertilizers each time you go to their offices to buy they will tell you that it has finished If government wants to achieve food security as well as bring down the high cost of food items in the market it should eliminate middlemen and supply subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs directly to farm associations in the country Eze said In Imo the state Commissioner for Agriculture Dr Berth Okorochukwu said that the delay by the Federal Government to disburse subsidized fertilizers to state government was the reason why farmers were buying fertilizers at exorbitant rates Okorochukwu said till date the state Ministry of Agriculture has yet to take delivery of the Federal Government subsidized fertilizers He said I have been in contact with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture They have not given us any and that is what has led to the high cost of fertilizers in the market Okorochukwu however said that middlemen were selling fertilizers at exorbitant price because they also bought at a higher rate The commissioner said as soon as the ministry took delivery of the subsidized fertilizers it would be distributed to farmers at a subsidized rate I have scheduled with the state Chairman of All Farmers Association as soon as we receive the fertilizers I will contact him immediately for distribution he said Meanwhile some farmers in the state have urged the three tiers of government to distribute farm inputs directly to the targeted beneficiaries rather than through middlemen Mrs Udoka Chibuzor a Poultry Farmer said this would make for faster access to inputs as well as ensure timely production of agricultural products On his part Mr Chukwudi Patrick a small scale cucumber farmer decried what he described as unnecessary difficulty in accessing inputs through the middlemen Patrick while commending the Federal Government for providing virile seeds for cucumber farmers in some parts of the country however said that some of the seeds had almost gone bad by the time the farmers could access them He therefore urged the Federal Government to work out the modalities for direct access to beneficiaries of farm inputs rather than through middlemen Also Mr Alphonsus Chimezie a rice farmer said that some uninformed farmers had blamed government for the inflated costs of inputs a situation which he said was presenting the government in bad light Also Mr Romanus Eze the Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Enugu State Chapter said that many farmers in the state had never benefitted from the government s subsidised agricultural inputs We do not know if there are Federal Government subsidised fertilizers because we farmers in Enugu have not seen or received any Most of the inputs from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture do not get to the end users because we the organised farmers are not being informed and involved The Ministry officials make use of politicians at the local government areas of the state who always share the inputs to their relatives and the rest becomes history Eze said In his remarks Chief Israel Amanze the Programme Manager Abia Agriculture Development Programme ADP said the state government would soon roll out an intervention scheme to assist farmers to procure fertilizers at reasonable price Amanze said the initiative would help to boost productivity in agriculture and enhance food security in the state We are presently making arrangements to source fertiliser for farmers from different areas We shall sell them at a price that will be a little less than what they will get from the open market Amanze said According to him the initiative will serve as a platform to bring standard and quality fertilizers within the reach of farmers especially those practicing subsistence farming The ADP manager said that middlemen were not entirely the cause of the exorbitant price of the commodity He said that middlemen were also purchasing the commodity at a high price and needed to cover the cost plus their profit Amanze said that the Federal Government through the Presidential Fertilizers Initiative subsidised the production of fertilizers in the country He said that the subsidy helped to stabilise the price of fertilizer between N7 000 and N9 500 per bag Amanze however regretted that the recent global price hike seemed to have eroded the effect of the subsidy He described the situation as worrisome and called for urgent action by the government Everybody is appealing for Federal Government s immediate intervention to force down the price of the commodity We must also realise that Russia and Ukraine where we get some of the major raw materials for fertiliser production are locked up in a war This is largely the major factor for the present skyrocketing price of the commodity he further said Commenting Mr Samson Oguntoye the Notore Chemical Industries Plc Regional Manager South for Agronomy and Extension Services in Abia expressed concern over the cost of fertilizer and other farm inputs According to him urea fertilizer prices in the retail market are between N16 500 and N18 000 in the South East and South South as against N10 000 and N15 000 sold in 2021 He said that a bag of NPK 20 10 10 which cost between N12 000 and N15 000 in 2021 now sells for between N24 000 and N26 000 Meanwhile Mr Okike Onwuasoanya the Programme Manager Ebonyi Agricultural Development Programme ADP has called on the Federal Government to speed up fertiliser supply for the 2022 farming season Onwuasoanya said that quick distribution of the fertiliser and other agro inputs would reduce the trend of continuous rise in price of the inputs The programme manager also attributed the rise in prices of fertiliser and other agro inputs to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia He said that most of the inputs and raw materials were being imported from Asian countries including Ukraine and Russia The programme manager said that it was only when the government supplied the subsidised fertiliser that the price would come down He encouraged farmers to embark on resource management where farmers might have to reduce the quantity of fertiliser because of the high cost According to him resource management is the in thing now Mr Ezekiel Igboji the Coordinator Organic Association of Nigeria Ebonyi branch called on the authorities in charge to identify real farmers for proper distribution when the Federal Government supplied fertiliser Igboji said that the items were mostly distributed to those who were not farmers because of preference interest Also Mrs Celine Okpor a farmer said she had to share a bag of fertiliser with four people due to its high cost Another farmer Mr Christian Uguru said that prices of farm production like fertilizer seed and pesticides energy machinery and land pushed farmers further away from breaking even Uguru said the rising input costs impact farmers in a highly personal way When it costs more to keep their operation going they end up spending a larger share of their working capital on input costs while experiencing a lower profit There are ways to mitigate negative effects by monitoring operational performance considering area for improvement For those who cannot afford a bag of fertiliser we sell in paint container between N3 000 and N3 500 depending on the brand Uguru said In his remarks Mr Jude Nwankwo Programme Manager Agriculture Development Programme in Anambra said it is currently encouraging farmers to adopt regenerative method in providing manure to their crops Nwankwo said that there was less emphasis on the use of conventional fertilizers now in the state due to its side effects on the soil We uncovered that when you use conventional fertilizers you will get bumper harvest but this often results to killing of the soil But if you use the regenerative method you will get optimal harvest and the soil will remain in better state he said Nwankwo however said that Anambra was still actively involved in the agro inputs distribution for farmers to enable them to benefit from Federal Government policies He said input such as NPK fertilizer was subsidised by 30 per cent by the state government adding that farmers accessed them via some designated agro inputs dealers at N6 500 per 50kg bag Nwankwo explained that the regenerative method could be likened to organic fertilizer saying it was mere application of natural manures to crops He said that middlemen were no longer involved in the distribution of agricultural inputs as Federal Government recently prevented them from participation in the process of distribution Before now middlemen were playing roles but the Federal Government recently shelved them by authorising importers with the capacity to import and distribute agricultural inputs to take over All what is obtainable now is that inputs including fertilizers are sourced in the open markets though in Anambra we have selected agro dealers who sell to recognised farmers at subsidised price he said Also Mr Donatus Orjinta the State Co ordinator of Youths for Agriculture Foundation said he used organic fertilizer more in his farms Recently I use more of organic fertilizer which comes in liquid form than the inorganic type The organic fertilizers are being used only for plantain cultivation he said NAN
    South-East Farmers demand direct access to FG’s subsidised fertilizers, inputs
     Farmers in the South East geopolitical zone have urged the Federal Government to supply subsidised fertilizers and other farm inputs directly to their associations to end the unwholesome activities of middlemen in the region They made the plea in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday while reacting to the activities of middlemen in the distribution of agriculture inputs especially fertilizers The farmers said that in spite of the subsidy on fertilizers by the Federal Government they were still buying the product from the open markets at exorbitant prices Commenting Prof Charles Asadu of the Department of Soil Science University of Nigeria Nsukka UNN said that middlemen were making it difficult for real farmers to access the government subsidised fertilizers Asadu who is the South East Coordinator Nigeria Institute of Soil Science NISS said it was painful that majority of farmers were buying fertilizers from the open markets at exorbitant prices because they have no access to the subsidised fertilizers The problem is that the middlemen allow those I call political farmers to come and buy fertilizers at cheap prices and then resell them at high price to traders in the open markets Middlemen and this political farmers are making brisk businesses yearly from the government subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs meant for farmers in the country he said The coordinator said that high cost of fertilizers was one of the reasons responsible for hike in prices of food items in the market A bag of fertiliser is being sold now in open market between N28 000 and N30 000 per 50kg bag as against between N10 000 and N15 000 sold in 2021 So a farmer will add the cost of fertilizer to determine how much to sell harvested food items For the prices of food items and vegetables to come down government should put measures in place that will ensure that farmers have access to subsidised fertilizers he said The agriculture expert said that one of the ways government could solve the unwholesome activities of middlemen was to supply fertilizers and other subsidised farm inputs directly to the farmers associations Government can also build warehouses in Faculties of Agriculture in tertiary institutions in the country as a point of sale for subsidised fertilizers to farmers so that sales will be supervised and monitored by the faculty he said Also Mr Victor Eze a cassava famer alleged that middlemen were using the government subsidised fertilizers to enrich themselves as they were selling the product to traders in open markets at high cost Since I started farming in 2013 I have not benefited from the so called government subsidised fertilizers each time you go to their offices to buy they will tell you that it has finished If government wants to achieve food security as well as bring down the high cost of food items in the market it should eliminate middlemen and supply subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs directly to farm associations in the country Eze said In Imo the state Commissioner for Agriculture Dr Berth Okorochukwu said that the delay by the Federal Government to disburse subsidized fertilizers to state government was the reason why farmers were buying fertilizers at exorbitant rates Okorochukwu said till date the state Ministry of Agriculture has yet to take delivery of the Federal Government subsidized fertilizers He said I have been in contact with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture They have not given us any and that is what has led to the high cost of fertilizers in the market Okorochukwu however said that middlemen were selling fertilizers at exorbitant price because they also bought at a higher rate The commissioner said as soon as the ministry took delivery of the subsidized fertilizers it would be distributed to farmers at a subsidized rate I have scheduled with the state Chairman of All Farmers Association as soon as we receive the fertilizers I will contact him immediately for distribution he said Meanwhile some farmers in the state have urged the three tiers of government to distribute farm inputs directly to the targeted beneficiaries rather than through middlemen Mrs Udoka Chibuzor a Poultry Farmer said this would make for faster access to inputs as well as ensure timely production of agricultural products On his part Mr Chukwudi Patrick a small scale cucumber farmer decried what he described as unnecessary difficulty in accessing inputs through the middlemen Patrick while commending the Federal Government for providing virile seeds for cucumber farmers in some parts of the country however said that some of the seeds had almost gone bad by the time the farmers could access them He therefore urged the Federal Government to work out the modalities for direct access to beneficiaries of farm inputs rather than through middlemen Also Mr Alphonsus Chimezie a rice farmer said that some uninformed farmers had blamed government for the inflated costs of inputs a situation which he said was presenting the government in bad light Also Mr Romanus Eze the Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Enugu State Chapter said that many farmers in the state had never benefitted from the government s subsidised agricultural inputs We do not know if there are Federal Government subsidised fertilizers because we farmers in Enugu have not seen or received any Most of the inputs from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture do not get to the end users because we the organised farmers are not being informed and involved The Ministry officials make use of politicians at the local government areas of the state who always share the inputs to their relatives and the rest becomes history Eze said In his remarks Chief Israel Amanze the Programme Manager Abia Agriculture Development Programme ADP said the state government would soon roll out an intervention scheme to assist farmers to procure fertilizers at reasonable price Amanze said the initiative would help to boost productivity in agriculture and enhance food security in the state We are presently making arrangements to source fertiliser for farmers from different areas We shall sell them at a price that will be a little less than what they will get from the open market Amanze said According to him the initiative will serve as a platform to bring standard and quality fertilizers within the reach of farmers especially those practicing subsistence farming The ADP manager said that middlemen were not entirely the cause of the exorbitant price of the commodity He said that middlemen were also purchasing the commodity at a high price and needed to cover the cost plus their profit Amanze said that the Federal Government through the Presidential Fertilizers Initiative subsidised the production of fertilizers in the country He said that the subsidy helped to stabilise the price of fertilizer between N7 000 and N9 500 per bag Amanze however regretted that the recent global price hike seemed to have eroded the effect of the subsidy He described the situation as worrisome and called for urgent action by the government Everybody is appealing for Federal Government s immediate intervention to force down the price of the commodity We must also realise that Russia and Ukraine where we get some of the major raw materials for fertiliser production are locked up in a war This is largely the major factor for the present skyrocketing price of the commodity he further said Commenting Mr Samson Oguntoye the Notore Chemical Industries Plc Regional Manager South for Agronomy and Extension Services in Abia expressed concern over the cost of fertilizer and other farm inputs According to him urea fertilizer prices in the retail market are between N16 500 and N18 000 in the South East and South South as against N10 000 and N15 000 sold in 2021 He said that a bag of NPK 20 10 10 which cost between N12 000 and N15 000 in 2021 now sells for between N24 000 and N26 000 Meanwhile Mr Okike Onwuasoanya the Programme Manager Ebonyi Agricultural Development Programme ADP has called on the Federal Government to speed up fertiliser supply for the 2022 farming season Onwuasoanya said that quick distribution of the fertiliser and other agro inputs would reduce the trend of continuous rise in price of the inputs The programme manager also attributed the rise in prices of fertiliser and other agro inputs to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia He said that most of the inputs and raw materials were being imported from Asian countries including Ukraine and Russia The programme manager said that it was only when the government supplied the subsidised fertiliser that the price would come down He encouraged farmers to embark on resource management where farmers might have to reduce the quantity of fertiliser because of the high cost According to him resource management is the in thing now Mr Ezekiel Igboji the Coordinator Organic Association of Nigeria Ebonyi branch called on the authorities in charge to identify real farmers for proper distribution when the Federal Government supplied fertiliser Igboji said that the items were mostly distributed to those who were not farmers because of preference interest Also Mrs Celine Okpor a farmer said she had to share a bag of fertiliser with four people due to its high cost Another farmer Mr Christian Uguru said that prices of farm production like fertilizer seed and pesticides energy machinery and land pushed farmers further away from breaking even Uguru said the rising input costs impact farmers in a highly personal way When it costs more to keep their operation going they end up spending a larger share of their working capital on input costs while experiencing a lower profit There are ways to mitigate negative effects by monitoring operational performance considering area for improvement For those who cannot afford a bag of fertiliser we sell in paint container between N3 000 and N3 500 depending on the brand Uguru said In his remarks Mr Jude Nwankwo Programme Manager Agriculture Development Programme in Anambra said it is currently encouraging farmers to adopt regenerative method in providing manure to their crops Nwankwo said that there was less emphasis on the use of conventional fertilizers now in the state due to its side effects on the soil We uncovered that when you use conventional fertilizers you will get bumper harvest but this often results to killing of the soil But if you use the regenerative method you will get optimal harvest and the soil will remain in better state he said Nwankwo however said that Anambra was still actively involved in the agro inputs distribution for farmers to enable them to benefit from Federal Government policies He said input such as NPK fertilizer was subsidised by 30 per cent by the state government adding that farmers accessed them via some designated agro inputs dealers at N6 500 per 50kg bag Nwankwo explained that the regenerative method could be likened to organic fertilizer saying it was mere application of natural manures to crops He said that middlemen were no longer involved in the distribution of agricultural inputs as Federal Government recently prevented them from participation in the process of distribution Before now middlemen were playing roles but the Federal Government recently shelved them by authorising importers with the capacity to import and distribute agricultural inputs to take over All what is obtainable now is that inputs including fertilizers are sourced in the open markets though in Anambra we have selected agro dealers who sell to recognised farmers at subsidised price he said Also Mr Donatus Orjinta the State Co ordinator of Youths for Agriculture Foundation said he used organic fertilizer more in his farms Recently I use more of organic fertilizer which comes in liquid form than the inorganic type The organic fertilizers are being used only for plantain cultivation he said NAN
    South-East Farmers demand direct access to FG’s subsidised fertilizers, inputs
    General news7 months ago

    South-East Farmers demand direct access to FG’s subsidised fertilizers, inputs

    Farmers in the South-East geopolitical zone have urged the Federal Government to supply subsidised fertilizers and other farm inputs directly to their associations to end the unwholesome activities of middlemen in the region.

    They made the plea in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, while reacting to the activities of middlemen in the distribution of agriculture inputs, especially fertilizers.

    The farmers said that in spite of the subsidy on fertilizers by the Federal Government, they were still buying the product from the open markets at exorbitant prices.

    Commenting, Prof. Charles Asadu of the Department of Soil Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), said that middlemen were making it difficult for real farmers to access the government subsidised fertilizers.

    Asadu, who is the South-East Coordinator, Nigeria Institute of Soil Science (NISS), said it was painful that majority of farmers were buying fertilizers from the open markets at exorbitant prices, because they have no access to the subsidised fertilizers.

    “The problem is that the middlemen allow those I call ‘political farmers’ to come and buy fertilizers at cheap prices and then, resell them at high price to traders in the open markets.

    “Middlemen and this political farmers are making brisk businesses yearly from the government subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs meant for farmers in the country,” he said.

    The coordinator said that high cost of fertilizers was one of the reasons responsible for hike in prices of food items in the market.

    “A bag of fertiliser is being sold now in open market between N28,000 and N30,000 per 50kg bag, as against between N10,000 and N15,000 sold in 2021.

    “So, a farmer will add the cost of fertilizer to determine how much to sell harvested food items.

    “For the prices of food items and vegetables to come down, government should put measures in place that will ensure that farmers have access to subsidised fertilizers,” he said.

    The agriculture expert said that one of the ways government could solve the unwholesome activities of middlemen was to supply fertilizers and other subsidised farm inputs directly to the farmers associations.

    “Government can also build warehouses in Faculties of Agriculture in tertiary institutions in the country as a point of sale for subsidised fertilizers to farmers, so that sales will be supervised and monitored by the faculty,” he said.

    Also, Mr Victor Eze, a cassava famer, alleged that middlemen were using the government subsidised fertilizers to enrich themselves as they were selling the product to traders in open markets at high cost.

    “Since I started farming in 2013, I have not benefited from the so-called government subsidised fertilizers; each time you go to their offices to buy, they will tell you that it has finished.

    “If government wants to achieve food security, as well as bring down the high cost of food items in the market, it should eliminate middlemen and supply subsidised fertilizers and farm inputs directly to farm associations in the country,” Eze said.

    In Imo, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Berth Okorochukwu, said that the delay by the Federal Government to disburse subsidized fertilizers to state government was the reason why farmers were buying fertilizers at exorbitant rates.

    Okorochukwu said till date, the state Ministry of Agriculture has yet to take delivery of the Federal Government subsidized fertilizers.

    He said: “I have been in contact with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. They have not given us any and that is what has led to the high cost of fertilizers in the market.”

    Okorochukwu, however, said that middlemen were selling fertilizers at exorbitant price because they also bought at a higher rate.

    The commissioner said as soon as the ministry took delivery of the subsidized fertilizers, it would be distributed to farmers at a subsidized rate.

    “I have scheduled with the state Chairman of All Farmers Association, as soon as we receive the fertilizers, I will contact him immediately for distribution,” he said.

    Meanwhile, some farmers in the state have urged the three tiers of government to distribute farm inputs directly to the targeted beneficiaries rather than through middlemen.

    Mrs Udoka Chibuzor, a Poultry Farmer, said this would make for faster access to inputs as well as ensure timely production of agricultural products.

    On his part, Mr Chukwudi Patrick, a small scale cucumber farmer, decried what he described as “unnecessary difficulty” in accessing inputs through the middlemen.

    Patrick, while commending the Federal Government for providing virile seeds for cucumber farmers in some parts of the country, however, said that some of the seeds had almost gone bad by the time the farmers could access them.

    He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to work out the modalities for direct access to beneficiaries of farm inputs rather than through middlemen.

    Also, Mr Alphonsus Chimezie, a rice farmer, said that some uninformed farmers had blamed government for the inflated costs of inputs, a situation, which he said, was presenting the government in bad light.

    Also, Mr Romanus Eze, the Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Enugu State Chapter, said that many farmers in the state had never benefitted from the government’s subsidised agricultural inputs.

    “We do not know if there are Federal Government subsidised fertilizers, because we farmers in Enugu have not seen or received any.

    “Most of the inputs from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture do not get to the end users, because we, the organised farmers, are not being informed and involved.

    “The Ministry officials make use of politicians at the local government areas of the state, who always share the inputs to their relatives and the rest becomes history,” Eze said.

    In his remarks, Chief Israel Amanze, the Programme Manager, Abia Agriculture Development Programme (ADP), said the state government would soon roll out an intervention scheme to assist farmers to procure fertilizers at reasonable price.

    Amanze said the initiative would help to boost productivity in agriculture and enhance food security in the state.

    “We are presently making arrangements to source fertiliser for farmers from different areas.

    “We shall sell them at a price that will be a little less than what they will get from the open market,” Amanze said.

    According to him, the initiative will serve as a platform to bring standard and quality fertilizers within the reach of farmers, especially those practicing subsistence farming.

    The ADP manager said that middlemen were not entirely the cause of the exorbitant price of the commodity.

    He said that middlemen were also purchasing the commodity at a high price and needed to cover the cost, plus their profit.

    Amanze said that the Federal Government, through the Presidential Fertilizers Initiative, subsidised the production of fertilizers in the country.

    He said that the subsidy helped to stabilise the price of fertilizer between N7,000 and N9,500 per bag.

    Amanze, however, regretted that the recent global price hike seemed to have eroded the effect of the subsidy.

    He described the situation as worrisome and called for urgent action by the government.

    “Everybody is appealing for Federal Government’s immediate intervention to force down the price of the commodity.

    “We must also realise that Russia and Ukraine, where we get some of the major raw materials for fertiliser production, are locked up in a war.

    “This is largely the major factor for the present skyrocketing price of the commodity,” he further said.

    Commenting, Mr Samson Oguntoye, the Notore Chemical Industries Plc, Regional Manager, South, for Agronomy and Extension Services in Abia, expressed concern over the cost of fertilizer and other farm inputs.

    According to him, urea fertilizer prices in the retail market are between N16,500 and N18,000 in the South-East and South-South as against N10,000 and N15,000 sold in 2021.

    He said that a bag of NPK 20:10:10, which cost between N12,000 and N15,000 in 2021, now sells for between N24,000 and N26,000.

    Meanwhile, Mr Okike Onwuasoanya, the Programme Manager, Ebonyi Agricultural Development Programme (ADP), has called on the Federal Government to speed up fertiliser supply for the 2022 farming season.

    Onwuasoanya said that quick distribution of the fertiliser and other agro inputs would reduce the trend of continuous rise in price of the inputs.

    The programme manager also attributed the rise in prices of fertiliser and other agro inputs to the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia.

    He said that most of the inputs and raw materials were being imported from Asian countries, including Ukraine and Russia.

    The programme manager said that it was only when the government supplied the subsidised fertiliser that the price would come down.

    He encouraged farmers to embark on resource management where farmers might have to reduce the quantity of fertiliser because of the high cost.

    According to him, resource management is the “in” thing now.

    Mr Ezekiel Igboji, the Coordinator, Organic Association of Nigeria, Ebonyi branch, called on the authorities in charge to identify real farmers for proper distribution when the Federal Government supplied fertiliser.

    Igboji said that the items were mostly distributed to those who were not farmers because of preference interest.

    Also, Mrs Celine Okpor, a farmer, said she had to share a bag of fertiliser with four people due to its high cost.

    Another farmer, Mr Christian Uguru, said that prices of farm production like fertilizer, seed and pesticides, energy, machinery and land, pushed farmers further away from breaking even.

    Uguru said the rising input costs impact farmers in a highly personal way.

    “When it costs more to keep their operation going, they end up spending a larger share of their working capital on input costs, while experiencing a lower profit.

    “There are ways to mitigate negative effects by monitoring operational performance, considering area for improvement.

    “For those who cannot afford a bag of fertiliser, we sell in paint container between N3, 000 and N3, 500, depending on the brand,” Uguru said.

    In his remarks, Mr Jude Nwankwo, Programme Manager, Agriculture Development Programme in Anambra, said it is currently encouraging farmers to adopt regenerative method in providing manure to their crops.

    Nwankwo said that there was less emphasis on the use of conventional fertilizers now in the state due to its side effects on the soil.

    “We uncovered that when you use conventional fertilizers, you will get bumper harvest, but this often results to killing of the soil.

    “But, if you use the regenerative method, you will get optimal harvest and the soil will remain in better state,” he said.

    Nwankwo, however, said that Anambra was still actively involved in the agro inputs distribution for farmers to enable them to benefit from Federal Government policies.

    He said input such as NPK fertilizer was subsidised by 30 per cent by the state government, adding that farmers accessed them via some designated agro inputs dealers at N6,500 per 50kg bag.

    Nwankwo explained that the regenerative method could be likened to organic fertilizer, saying it was mere application of natural manures to crops.

    He said that middlemen were no longer involved in the distribution of agricultural inputs, as Federal Government recently prevented them from participation in the process of distribution.

    “Before now, middlemen were playing roles, but the Federal Government recently shelved them by authorising importers with the capacity to import and distribute agricultural inputs to take over.

    “All what is obtainable now is that inputs including fertilizers are sourced in the open markets; though, in Anambra, we have selected agro dealers who sell to recognised farmers at subsidised price,” he said.

    Also, Mr Donatus Orjinta, the State Co-ordinator of Youths for Agriculture Foundation, said he used organic fertilizer more in his farms.

    “Recently, I use more of organic fertilizer, which comes in liquid form than the inorganic type. The organic fertilizers are being used only for plantain cultivation,” he said.

    (NAN)

  •  Two farmers associations in Oyo State have identified land clearing and high cost of inputs as the challenges facing farmers in the 2022 planting season Mr John Olateru the Oyo State Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN and Mr Kayode Akinade the Oyo State Chairman Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Sunday The duo called on the government for steady intervention for farmers to mitigate their challenges and reduce the cost of food commodities in 2022 Olateru said there is no country throughout the world that left their farmers all alone They are supporting them in one way or the other It must be done in a way that farmers will benefit and it will not be hijacked by politicians Fertilisers issue needs to be resolved But not only fertilisers there are some other chemicals and inputs that farmers are using that they need help with that it can bring the economic cost of production down If the economic cost of production is reduced the price of commodities will be down The farmers output will be available for the public at the highly reduced rate and this will be a betterment for the whole country a win win But if we leave the situation as it is now I can tell you the cost of feed will continue to go up and the farmers cannot bear the brunch alone they will pass it on for those uptaking their products He stated that some of the agricultural inputs that were without taxes in the past are now being taxed tractors agrochemicals and so on have attracted value added tax at 7 5 per cent and duties minimum of five per cent This makes 12 5 per cent duties on agriculture input that are being imported and this is contributing to the cost of production thereby high cost of commodities Whereas these are supposed to be zero duties Government needs to review these to bring down food prices and attract more people into agriculture and value chains who will not be disappointed especially the youths as they will get returns on their investments he said Also Akinade said the major challenge which has been constant was land clearing as there was no money to get the equipment to do it aside high cost of fertilisers and other logistics To buy a tractor is out of it because it costs a huge sum of money But to hire a tractor to plough now costs N15 000 and N22 000 per acre depending on one s location Before it cost between N7 000 and N8 000 per acre in 2021 but with the increase it has added to the cost of production Akinade said He emphasised the importance of mechanisation to modern rice farming stating modular machines have their place but so also big machines like tractors are vital for food production the absence of which will hinder production Akinade who is a beneficiary of Anchor Borrowers fund for rice production also solicit intervention in land preparation for food production to reduce the cost of rice in Nigeria IBK NAN
    AFAN, RIFAN identify inputs, land clearing as challenges, seeks support 
     Two farmers associations in Oyo State have identified land clearing and high cost of inputs as the challenges facing farmers in the 2022 planting season Mr John Olateru the Oyo State Chairman All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN and Mr Kayode Akinade the Oyo State Chairman Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria RIFAN stated this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Sunday The duo called on the government for steady intervention for farmers to mitigate their challenges and reduce the cost of food commodities in 2022 Olateru said there is no country throughout the world that left their farmers all alone They are supporting them in one way or the other It must be done in a way that farmers will benefit and it will not be hijacked by politicians Fertilisers issue needs to be resolved But not only fertilisers there are some other chemicals and inputs that farmers are using that they need help with that it can bring the economic cost of production down If the economic cost of production is reduced the price of commodities will be down The farmers output will be available for the public at the highly reduced rate and this will be a betterment for the whole country a win win But if we leave the situation as it is now I can tell you the cost of feed will continue to go up and the farmers cannot bear the brunch alone they will pass it on for those uptaking their products He stated that some of the agricultural inputs that were without taxes in the past are now being taxed tractors agrochemicals and so on have attracted value added tax at 7 5 per cent and duties minimum of five per cent This makes 12 5 per cent duties on agriculture input that are being imported and this is contributing to the cost of production thereby high cost of commodities Whereas these are supposed to be zero duties Government needs to review these to bring down food prices and attract more people into agriculture and value chains who will not be disappointed especially the youths as they will get returns on their investments he said Also Akinade said the major challenge which has been constant was land clearing as there was no money to get the equipment to do it aside high cost of fertilisers and other logistics To buy a tractor is out of it because it costs a huge sum of money But to hire a tractor to plough now costs N15 000 and N22 000 per acre depending on one s location Before it cost between N7 000 and N8 000 per acre in 2021 but with the increase it has added to the cost of production Akinade said He emphasised the importance of mechanisation to modern rice farming stating modular machines have their place but so also big machines like tractors are vital for food production the absence of which will hinder production Akinade who is a beneficiary of Anchor Borrowers fund for rice production also solicit intervention in land preparation for food production to reduce the cost of rice in Nigeria IBK NAN
    AFAN, RIFAN identify inputs, land clearing as challenges, seeks support 
    General news7 months ago

    AFAN, RIFAN identify inputs, land clearing as challenges, seeks support 

    Two farmers’ associations in Oyo State have identified land clearing and high cost of inputs as the challenges facing  farmers in the 2022 planting season.

    Mr John Olateru, the Oyo State Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and Mr Kayode Akinade, the Oyo State Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), stated this in separate interviews with the  News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Sunday.

    The duo called on the government for steady intervention for  farmers to mitigate their challenges and reduce the cost of food commodities in 2022.

    Olateru said “there is no country throughout  the world that left their farmers all alone. They are supporting them in one way or the other.

    “It must be done in a way that farmers will benefit and it will not be hijacked by politicians. Fertilisers issue needs to be resolved.

    “But not only fertilisers there are some other chemicals  and  inputs that farmers are  using  that they need help with that it can bring the economic cost of production down.

    “If the economic cost of production is reduced the price of commodities will be down. The farmers’ output will be available for the public at the highly reduced rate and this will be a betterment for the whole country, a win-win.

    “But if we leave the situation as it is now, I can tell you the cost of feed will continue to go up and the farmers cannot bear the brunch alone; they will pass it on for those uptaking their products.”

    He stated that some of the agricultural inputs that  were without taxes in the past are now  being taxed; tractors, agrochemicals and so on have attracted value added tax at 7.5 per cent and duties minimum of five per cent.

    “This makes 12.5 per cent duties on agriculture input that are being imported and this is contributing to the cost of production thereby high cost of commodities. Whereas these are supposed to be zero duties.

    “Government needs to review these to bring down food prices and attract more people into agriculture and value chains who will not be disappointed, especially the youths as they will get returns on their investments,” he said.

    Also, Akinade said the major challenge which has been constant was land clearing, as there was no money to get the equipment to do it, aside high cost of fertilisers and other logistics.

    “To buy a tractor is out of it because it costs  a huge sum of money. But to hire a tractor to plough now costs N15,000 and N22,000 per acre, depending on one’s location.

    “Before it cost between N7,000 and N8,000 per  acre in 2021, but with the increase it has added to  the cost of production,” Akinade said.

    He emphasised the importance of mechanisation to modern rice farming, stating modular machines have their place but so also big machines like tractors are vital for food production, the absence of which will hinder production.

    Akinade, who is a beneficiary of Anchor Borrowers fund for rice production, also solicit intervention in land preparation for food production to reduce the cost of rice in Nigeria.

    IBK

    (NAN)

  •  The Ekiti State Secretary of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Mr Emmanuel Aremo is dead Aremo aged 67 died on Tuesday evening in a ghastly motor accident The late AFAN secretary s son Adeshola Aremo in a statement on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti said his father died following injuries he sustained in an auto crash on Igbemo Ijan road With gratitude to God Almighty I m sad to inform you all that our dearest father Mr AREMO Emmanuel has passed on to the great beyond He had an accident yesterday Tuesday evening and was rushed to Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital Ado Ekiti ABUAD where he later gave up the ghost We pray for power and strength to carry on at this critical period of ours he said The deceased is survived by aged father wife children grand children and brothers NAN
    Ekiti AFAN Secretary dies in auto crash
     The Ekiti State Secretary of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria AFAN Mr Emmanuel Aremo is dead Aremo aged 67 died on Tuesday evening in a ghastly motor accident The late AFAN secretary s son Adeshola Aremo in a statement on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti said his father died following injuries he sustained in an auto crash on Igbemo Ijan road With gratitude to God Almighty I m sad to inform you all that our dearest father Mr AREMO Emmanuel has passed on to the great beyond He had an accident yesterday Tuesday evening and was rushed to Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital Ado Ekiti ABUAD where he later gave up the ghost We pray for power and strength to carry on at this critical period of ours he said The deceased is survived by aged father wife children grand children and brothers NAN
    Ekiti AFAN Secretary dies in auto crash
    General news7 months ago

    Ekiti AFAN Secretary dies in auto crash

    The Ekiti State Secretary of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Emmanuel Aremo, is dead.

    Aremo, aged 67 died on Tuesday evening in a ghastly motor accident.

    The late AFAN secretary’s son, Adeshola Aremo, in a statement on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti, said his father died following injuries he sustained in an auto crash on Igbemo-Ijan road.

    “With gratitude to God Almighty I’m sad to inform you all that our dearest father, Mr AREMO Emmanuel, has passed on to the great beyond.

    “He had an accident yesterday(Tuesday) evening and was rushed to Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) where he later gave up the ghost.

    “We pray for power and strength to carry on at this critical period of ours,” he said.

    The deceased is survived by aged father, wife, children, grand children and brothers. .

    (NAN)

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