Transportation, power imperative to agricultural development — NGO

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ABUJA – The Advocacy for Economic Integrity, an NGO, on Tuesday identified efficient transportation, access to soft loans and constant power supply as factors for boosting agricultural production in Nigeria. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
The Director-General of the organisation, Mr Abdullahi Aremu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the factors remained challenges militating against good agricultural practice in the country.
Aremu urged the Federal Government to tackle the challenges by providing support and enabling environment for the private sector to implement a sound agriculture plan for the citizenry.
According to him, challenges of getting loans due to strict guidelines and requirements by some banks should be addressed.
Aremu urged the bank executives to remove the bottlenecks surrounding the loan interest and payment as the farm processes took long time before harvesting farm products.
He stressed the need to encourage farmers on the production of crops as the foundation of farming.
Aremu said poultry, cattle rearing and fish farmers depended on maize, groundnut and other crops to feed their animals.
He urged the Federal Government to provide the transportation infrastructure to ease the movement of farm products.
“Farmers should be interested in investing on rice business and its package to meet international standard,’’ the director-general said.
He urged the Federal Government to intensify effort in providing electricity for agro-allied business in the country. (NAN)

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