Nigerian farmers threaten not to produce in 2018

The President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kabiru Ibrahim, has said members of the association may not produce crops in 2018 as a result of the low prices they are currently experiencing.

He made this known while fielding questions from reporters at a briefing to mark the World Food Day (WFD) and the National Agricultural Show with the theme Sustainable Agriculture for Economic Development in Abuja.

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

“Farmers today are complaining of bad prices for their produce simply because there was importation of some commodities from abroad which should not be because it discourages people.

“In the world today every country does limited production, by putting hurdles in the path of importing things from elsewhere to be able to feed itself but in Nigeria today the contrary has happened.

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“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”.

He, however, lamented that “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”.

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