Enterprise Television- Cost of Farm Inputs: Wheat Farmers Appeal to Nigerian Government
Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria has appealed to the Federal Government to address issues associated with high cost of farm inputs to enable farmers to increase productivity.
The National President of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Arugungu, made the appeal on Friday in Abuja.
Arugungu said the high cost of inputs was the major reason for the high cost of production and high price of wheat in Nigeria.
He also noted that the problem discouraged most farmers as they were going out of business.
Arugungu, who said that wheat farmers across the country were also faced with the problem of how to sell their produce, he also appealed to state governments to off-take and buyback wheat produced by farmers.
“A bag of wheat seed is about N15, 000 and a bag of wheat is also N15, 000 and whatever business you are doing, you need to make gain.
“Government should evolve machinery to off-take all the wheat produced by Nigerian farmers.”
On the inability of some CBN’s Anchor Borrower Programme (ABP) beneficiaries to repay the loans, Argungu appealed to the government to spread out the loans to enable farmers to pay back easily.
The national president said the association had organized an awareness and training programme for farmers to educate them on the need to repay loans to enable others to benefit from the gesture.
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