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Farmers Threaten Not To Produce In 2018

By Ruth Tene Natsa, Abuja

Farmers have said they may not produce next year as a result of low prices they are currently experiencing.

President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Architect Kabiru Ibrahim, stated this while fielding questions from Journalists at a press briefing to mark the World Food Day and the National Agricultural Show with the theme, ‘Sustainable Agriculture for Economic Development’ in Abuja, yesterday.

He said “ farmers are business people and they have to be able to do the business. If they do not have sufficient cash next year, they won’t be able to do it.”

Architect Ibrahim said farmers today are complaining of bad prices for their produce simply because of importation of some commodities from abroad, which should not be because it discourages people.

He said, “In the world today, every country does limited productionism by putting huddles in the path of importing things from elsewhere to be able to feed itself, but in Nigeria, the contrary is what happens.

“We were hopeful that the new policy on agriculture was a good vehicle to bring about food security in Nigeria and we came down and, in fact, enabled the current minister to get good environment to be able to hit the ground running.

“Today, the strategic grain reserve does not have anything and instead of looking inward to buy from farmers, what we have seen today is an importation that is inimical to the progress of Agriculture in Nigeria. That should not happen”.

He said the way out of this is for government to allow farmers to be part of the drivers of any policy.

He said, “This is what we thought would happen when the Green Alternative came about. All policies from 1976 to the time that this was launched were actually run by government and we thought the Green Alternative was going to be different and the farmers would drive it and all these problems would have been foreseen before now.

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