Nigerian Farmers Lauds Ban of Direct Purchase of Produce by Foreigners
The President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Architect Ibrahim Kabir, Saturday, warned that without adequate food the Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation will worsen as government fights to contain its spread in the country.
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has urged the federal government to provide farmers with harvest loans.
This, the association said would consolidate the directive of the government banning the direct purchase of farm produce from farmers by foreign nationals.
This was contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Gombe by AFAN’s national publicity secretary, Alhaji Muhammed Magaji.
Magaji said the desire for harvest loans was borne out of the need to protect farmers from being shortchanged and to compel foreign nationals to go through licensed local agents to conduct business in the country.
He said the directive, which he described as a proactive step, would boost food security, protect farmers and enhance agricultural activities in the country.
“To consolidate on this, the AFAN is seeking an intervention from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Bank of Agriculture (BOA) to provide our farmers with harvest loans.
“The loan will enable them to harvest their crops without being compelled to sell to foreigners at ridiculously low prices because of scarcity of funds at the time of the harvest,” Magaji stated.