AFAN urges FG to involve farmers in fertiliser supply

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HADEJIA – The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) on called on the Federal to include farmers in the supply and distribution channels of its fertiliser .

Alhaji Idris Maiunguwa, the Vice President of the association (Arable 1), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Hadejia, Jigawa.

The Federal Government distributes assorted fertilisers, seeds and other inputs to the farmers under the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) programme.

GES, a critical component of the Agriculture Transformation Agenda (ATA), is designed to enhance farmers’ access to fertiliser, seed and other input through the Short Message Service (SMS), otherwise called ‘e-wallet’.

Maiunguwa said it imperative to include farmers in the selection of supplying fertiliser to them, to ensure the supply and distribution of high quality fertiliser, seeds and chemicals to farmers.

“We have cases whereby some certified dealers are supplying grade and adulterated fertiliser to farmers.

“The federal government should allow farmers to participate in the selection process to check the trend and ensure of the programme,” he said.

Maiunguwa commended government for the introduction of GES, saying it had assisted smallholder farmers and enhance availability of the commodities at the grassroots.(NAN)