APPEALS Project Coordinator in Kaduna Yahaya Aminu speaking during the visit .
By Femi Adi
Grains Sellers Association , Kaduna State Chapter has called on the Federal Government to ban the importation of grains,particularly maize .
According to the Association , importation of grains threaten business activities.
The Chairman of the Association Alhaji Haruna Ahmad Pambeguwa made the call when he led a delegation of his members to APPEALS Project for Nigeria office in Kaduna.
He said the importation of maize by some individuals has affected the prices of grains in the local markets making it difficult for farmers to make profits.
” We want the government to restrict importation of grains particularly maize into the country because that has really affected our market activities as farmers. We are aware that some people are still allowed to bring in grains despite the boarder closure and this has affected the price of bags of maize in this region,” he said.
He also said there is no reason government will allow people to still import maize when local farmers can produce enough that they can equally export to neighbouring countries of Africa.
The Chairman added that they visited the APPEALS project to discuss opportunities for collaboration and how their members can be supported by the project to improve on their marketing activities.
In his response, APPEALS Project Coordinator in Kaduna Yahaya Aminu said the program, is designed to support medium and small scale farmers to improve productivity and value addition along three priority value chain which is maize ginger and dairy.
“So one of the areas our projects will intervene is improving the quality of inputs, Right from the planting, management of the crop, the handling of harvest and storage.
“There are the areas we want to intervene in by training , Knowledge and we are going to support the farmers with the facilities and resources needed to carry out their farming activities, and harvest and storage. In terms of good agronomic practices, best harvest practices,” he said.
He also expressed their commitment to partner with the farmers and
call on them to adopt new practices , new technologies that the project will make available and modern system of marketing their products .