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Stakeholders express joy for bountiful harvest


ABUJA – Some stakeholders in the agriculture sector have expressed joy at the bountiful harvest recorded in 2014, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
In separate telephone interviews, they told NAN in Abuja that farmers had good harvest in maize, rice, sorghum, beans among others.
Mrs Sarah Yapwah, National President of the Smallholder Women Farmers Organisation, said that in spite of the flooding in some parts of the country, most states were experiencing a good harvest compared to 2013.
“We have experienced a good harvest, though it varies from community to community and from state to state.
“Some had too much of the rains which resulted in floods and a waste of their produce, but generally we have more harvest compared to last year.
“This means there will be more food for the populace,“ he said.
Dr Tunde Arosanyin, National Technical Adviser, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), told NAN that 2014 rains came as a blessing to Nigerian farmers.
He said that the pattern the rains took from the beginning of the year encouraged farmers to increase agricultural production.
He said that so far, there has been a bumper harvest in maize, rice, sorghum and other crops in the year.
Arosanyin expressed the hope that this would encourage more production of cocoa, palm oil, cashew and mango in 2015.
“Once there is a bumper harvest like this, farmers should expect market forces in which the prices of food items will go down.
“We expect the Federal Government to activate the storage centres around the country, as well as ensure fully operational processing zones.
“By so doing, these farmers can sell to them and look forward to producing more in the coming year,” he said. (NAN)

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