Association Urges FG To Stop Maize, Soya Beans Importation


The Chairman of Zumunta Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Tijjani Mamman-Bakori, has appealed to the Federal Government to ban importation of maize and soya beans.
Mamman-Bakori made the appeal recently in an interview with newsmen in Bakori, Katsina State.
He said that, the ban became imperative because local farmers had embarked on mass production of these farm products.
The chairman said that more farmers had been motivated to increase their outputs because of the current government’s policy on agriculture and the support.
He said that many farmlands that were abandoned had been put to use by farmers.
“The appreciable prices of commodities experienced this year in addition to government support have led to mass farming,” he said.
Mamman-Bakori said that importation would crash the prices of the produce, create glut and affect output in the next planting season.
He alleged that the maize, corn and soya beans being imported were substandard to the ones produced by indigenous farmers.
Mamman-Bakori urged government to sustain its support to farmers as the agriculture sector was still the largest employer of labour and income-generating activity in Nigeria.
He appealed to agriculture input companies to reduce prices of their products and deliver goods on time.
The Tide source recalled that no fewer than 15, 000 maize and soya beans farmers were engaged on FFSP to cultivate 25, 000 hectares of farmlands in 19 Local Government areas of Katsina State in 2017.
The ongoing programme is being facilitated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through NIRSAL, WACOT, an agriculture input company and West African Soy Industries Limited (WASIL).