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Agric Association seeks government support

Chairman Forum for Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sadiq Daware

Forum for Agricultural Commodity Association of Nigeria, has appealed to the Federal Government to support the association financially to help cushion the effect of flooding across the country.

The Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Sadiq Daware, who made the appeal at a News briefing in Abuja, said lack of finance, unavailability of quality inputs, and the dangers associated with negative climate change across the country have the marred the sector.

“we are currently being inundated with a myriad of challenges for which we seek urgent government intervention. These challenges range from insecurity, lack of consistence access to affordable finance, unavailability of quality inputs, skyrocketing prices of inputs, high post-harvest losses, fragmented and unstructured market and the dangers associated with negative climate change. Sadly, the situation has been exacerbated by the flash floods currently being experienced across the country and the drought in others”, he noted.

According to Alhaji Daware, the effect of CBN’s halted funds of the Anchor Borrowers Program may eclipse the significant achievements that had been made by this administration in the sector.

He urged the government to take urgent steps to salvage the situation.

Alhaji Daware also expressed the commitment of the forum to deploying its best efforts to assist the government in its drive towards revamping the agricultural sector.

The Chairman also noted that the Forum was willing to partner with relevant private entities to provide quality and affordable inputs to farmers in a timely manner.

Reporting by Omale Omale; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu