As Farming Season Gets Underway, AFAN Requests Early Input Delivery and Other Government Intervention.

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Niger State Chapter, has urged the government at all levels to guarantee prompt action in the distribution of supplies and equipment to farmers. Alhaji Shehu Galadima, the chairman of AFAN, made the plea while addressing with reporters on Wednesday in Minna.

He asserted that the three levels of government should offer farmers enough assistance, saying that this would guarantee proportionately higher returns on farmers’ investments given that agriculture is a season-dependent industry. Because agricultural activities are time-bound, it is necessary to provide farm inputs and implements on schedule.

To obtain comparable yields, we require enhanced seeds that we can sow on schedule.

We suffered last year because some of the seeds we received in Niger were not genuine and arrived late. He explained that farming was a seasonal activity and that if you didn’t plant at the appropriate time, you might not have a good yield.

Galadima claims that the majority of government assistance, including loans, supplies, and equipment, frequently reaches farmers after they should have started cultivating. Another difficulty for the farmers, according to him, was the access barriers to some of the treatments.

He cited the Anchor Borrowers Program as an illustration, saying that many of his farmers declined to participate because of the challenging requirements.

The AFAN Chairman also said that there was a need to transform farming into agri-business, in order to feed Nigerians and sustain the economy.

“There is a need to take farming seriously and adhere to good agricultural practices with modern technology,” he said.

Galadima said that farmers in the state were facing challenges of inadequate inputs and implements, fake seedlings when made available, and insecurity.

He also said suspected bandits had seized the fertile farmlanin at the forest, noting that this had also made it difficult for farmers to get good yields. Galadima, who described the 2022 dry season farming as a mirage to farmers in the state, said; “many of the 18 irrigation farms in the state are moribund because of inadequate water, owing to lack of maintenance.”

He urged the government and the people to be proactive about security in order to secure lives and property. “The government must take the war to the criminals instead of giving them the opportunity to come to us.

 “The people must also be giving useful information to the security agencies instead of being informants to criminals,” he said.   Reports gathered showed that AFAN has more than 1.6 million members across the state.

(C) Agro Nigeria

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