Farmers want collaboration with NEXIM, others for good returns



They made the appeal in a communique signed by Dr Tunde Arosanyin, the National Coordinator of Zero Hunger Nigeria Forum, a copy of which was given to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday.


“Sometimes when farmers produce, there is no proper market. At times, they produce and sell below the cost of production.


“So, the Commodity Exchange Market is there to ensure that farmers have good pay for their produce locally, while NEXIM is supposed to be a window to the international market.


“They are supposed to coordinate the activities of farmers and their produce — whether yam, potato, sorghum, rice or maize — in order to access good markets internationally.


“Nigerian farmers can make a headway; that is why we are calling for the collaboration and if that is achieved, it will go a long way in addressing the issue of short-changing farmers,’’ he said.


The farmers appealed to the federal and state governments to adequately fund agricultural research institutes and agricultural extension services so as to improve the agricultural sector.


They also acknowledged the repositioning of various commodity associations for better service delivery and appealed to the government at all levels to support farmers-friendly programmes.


“We can authoritatively say that the commodity associations are well-positioned now to enable them to perform their expected roles in the production of food and raw materials,’’ they said.


The farmers commended the efforts of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is the Chairman of Zero Hunger Nigeria Forum, to develop the agricultural sector and improve the welfare of farmers.


They also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the Agricultural Revolution Programme of his administration, saying that an all-inclusive implementation strategy of the programme should be encouraged.


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