The All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria on Tuesday, cautioned the Federal Government against importation of maize into the country.
The Chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of AFAN, Alhaji Nuhu Aminu, gave the advice in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria.
He said that maize importation would be inimical to the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of the Federal Government, noting that farmers across the country had invested heavily in agriculture, with little or no subsidy from government
Aminu said: “Importation of maize will never encourage farmers; rather, it will discourage not only the lazy ones but also the active farmers.” With encouragement, Nigerian farmers will be able to feed the nation and actualise the Federal Government’s Agricultural Transformation Agenda.
The Chairman also said,“President Muhammadu Buhari directed us to go back to the farm; we have actually accepted the directive in good faith. But to our greatest dismay, the Federal Government is now importing maize from outside; we learnt that a ship, laden with 50,000 tonnes of maize, had recently arrived Nigeria.”
Aminu, however, appealed to the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, to look into the matter, with a view to proffering solutions to the problem. According to him, the intervention of the acting president is crucial because any attempt to sell a 100kg bag of maize below N8,000 would not be favourable to farmers.
“As farmers, we want to contribute our quota towards our country’s food security, while creating job opportunities for our youth,” he noted.