AFAN wants provision of storage facilities to boost production
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to provide storage facilities to encourage farmers to boost agricultural production in the country.
The National President of the association, Mr Kabiru Ibrahim, made the appeal in an interview with newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.
Ibrahim expressed regret that most farmers usually lost their produce during post-harvest periods as a result of inadequate storage facilities.
He added that provision of storage facilities would help farmers to adequately preserve their produce and encourage them to produce more all round the year.
Ibrahim listed some other challenges being faced by farmers to include ready markets for their produce and value addition.
According to him, most farmers do not get the value of their monies after production because of the losses.
Ibrahim said that more entrants, especially youths, would be encouraged into the business of farming if the challenges were surmounted.
On the 2017 budgetary allocation on agriculture, the national president commended the Federal Government for the increase in the budgetary allocation.
Ibrahim, however, suggested the increase of budget on agriculture in subsequent national budgets to boost the nation`s agricultural production.
“The budgetary allocation on agriculture can be better but there was a remarkable improvement.
“We want agriculture to be kept in the front burner and regarded as a very important venture,’’ he said.
The national president called on government at all levels to institute agriculture friendly policies to encourage farmers to boost the economy of the country.