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DAILY TRUST

p"-~GRICU LTU RE

Tuesday, 21 August. 2012

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FG shcidlcf h.an"ds off fertilizer,

s~edlings issues "'m 'i.~Gom'"

IN this interview with the chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), :~.ItDo::;onuPlothe · Gombe State Chapter, Alhaji Umaru AbJ:'~~,~;;,~~""" dullahi, he berates previous administrat1Wl~, "'~',"''''''pbntod, tions in the state for not doing much to wean:wjd. g;mdGodwillh If " . in,u,,[Jih' ...bk. ITl1"'=il. e p the arming community.

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GO~StUe grirullur.l.l dr\-dop!()o!D! pruj is among the first ~jtct.s in I~ nonhttn parlor N1ccrial ;ifier Funtuaand Laf!a. I Ihlhk ",jIlt is happening Is thai for'f.a~i~generally. we m not gtl,!ingsupport from the lending inS!ilutioru. The lending Inslitutiol15arf m.t willing lolend to the AJPcuJtur.J sector generally. 11li.s Is OUf major problem b«ause till ~.td l ~,.)Ubt irin ~I lues Ihc:e's a1 rlartnCT in Gombc that ha~ a~ sed that kind of support. ~011d11 . tile go\'mlments before no,,' par ilde~uention to agricultur.d r.~'elnpment in Combe Slall!. In this stale, we can grow

cinations through a commiUtot on 19ricul~ So, I think we should give lhtm a chance IOsee how we can fare. but fundamentally theR' lin things thaI ha\~ 10 be . done.. For Instance, the tomalo we produce at the moment cannot be profitable forcxport because it's too watery and the seed content in the tomatoes are too many. It's not good for canning; thesame thing applies to other crops. In terms of grains. right now we are informally exporting gr.,ins to neighbouring cOWltries ofNigu, Chad etc but we nted the support of government togo far.

lHff!rml :y,>d of soils that nn crop$, planl.ltio \ . \griculturt etc, but bccl! SCt n ,lek-of prel'ioas ' upFur;, we I III e heen !eft ht:lund. $( , f.lr, :he )lt a l ull.! ~wernme ft[ of Ilm hlnl 1 {I oaan Oank- Iar..:>e _la.~ ~ ::I.r :~j d. ,il gsomethiuga h.>ul agr!t11Itue In ~h( arw v:.iJe lro dr r hi i11g. ferliliuf • hl,h has.n' 'W! U IC to pollin5 II' ,il o( th~Ir.;\lel .o...'dJ.ing;;, csp~ cia Uy the h~"1 m Ii: e ~w so!d 10 (anna! at s\fSidi,.! f"JleS, and ,uule V.lC-

you " unment? the present f"tder.d Minlslry For now, the financUi instiluof Agricuhure (FMOA) as it is tions in the staleofftrttrO kndconstituted I bdicve the FMOA ing 10 agriculture. Most commershould concentrate on polley Clill banks williell you the risk in issues, rtSCarch and implementa. agricullure is 100 much and would ti')n no mort no less. But now nO( lherc(o~ lend to it And I.irn· yuu will r.."d the Ministry h:;l\ing oul kndlng )'ou cannot expand tc o many l>'Orktrs doing \~rylit YOUT &mI. Sometimes I he;u- j:/CO' II!. You find them e\~rywhere in pie: talking about commercial agrI- $tdledirtctorales do ing nothing.. culture. There is no part of agnAgricultural cb'dopmm t ought culnrre lhat is not commercial II i~ to bethe responsibility of staid onlrrnat the fanner cannot have and local governments. Federal the resources 10 produce mort.. gOI~rnml.'nl should limit [1sc1fIO

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I!IVN U11 'rltd.crops.cash

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For irtstarIct, if you grow a hectare ofland, by the time)'tlU get a faci! · itythat will mabie you cultivate 10 to IS hectares obviously your incomcwiU increase, andC\lm the

\..JuedWn system. Sometimes you nted processing,Just 01.$ we produce btans in Gombe. rhtte are some companies in Lagos and )harlan that will process the beans and export,aIl these things require finance without which we cannot m~ forward Nigerian farmers AY ther aremfferlng a lot. What doyou think is responsible? In myown personaJ opinion,

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/ AlHAJI UmafU Abdullahl

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~hing to give us Improved adultera ted, substanda rd and ~ Let them comeupwith even expired ones. My opinion is, therc should be devolution chemical policy so that nobody of powers. Federal govcrnment is alJowtd to import C\'Cf}'Ihing should have no business dealhe likes as a chemical because that is our problem now. That IS ing with (ertiliur. Whate\'er why ,,'c have a 10( of problems in " subsidy they are providing, they should give il to the stales. The)' the health sector. People talking about diabeliCll, h)l'~rl ensio n also hal'e no busilleu \\'ith seeds. etc, when you research you will Stales should multiply ~eds for s« th:1\ all these are as a result of its farmers nttds. E\~ry ~Ilil ( has cen:.in crops adl anlagt'- They our produclion s)'Slem in agri~hould concentrate on wh ~llhey culture. You will find (\'crrone h;II'e cUlTIp~rat il'e advantagt uvcr. [5 alloh'ed to bring chemic:w, UkwiS<! 0 11 chemicals-as \\t hal~ inw:licide without any policy from the f~eral go\'ernm~ L :-lAFDAC for food and conn-mGo to the markel, el'erycne sells :!hIe dru~administrntioll, we ~ hould han! cqui\';\lent ofil for chemkal. How :Ire we sure it is ~riculturnl (hemicals. the right one? So you will find

Anambra lacks enough land for farming IN this interview with the Permanent Secretary, Anambra State Ministry of Agric ul tu re,·Mr. Andy Umeobi, he explained how the state government is distributing N 1 billion agric loan to fa rm ers in the state. . WHAT i5lhe 5taltgovemment

doing to assis t Carmen Impro\'e on agricultural production ill the slate! Just recently, Anamhrn Slate distributed the sum of one billion Nairn commercial agricultural credit scheme which the Golnnor, His ExctUency; Mr.l'eler Obi nagged offal the Women Ot\o'e!opment Ccnlre,Awka. The loan was initiated to promote commercial

agricultural enterprises and has a maximwn tm~olSC\'m}'Clf'S and allows fo rone)'tat moratorium and 9.4 percent annual interest rate as against J5 percent ch.uged br the commercial banks. The enrcise "''as meant to achieve ford seturity and reduce the-burden ofimportation in 1M country as Ornor Rke mill and another Rice mill to be sited at ~nebe, Awka North, would be ",,,-,II rqxnilioned toeruurt self 5Uffici~lIt1y in rice production. The

schane would hdp 10 increase

agricultural output, ~n~rnte cmplO)ment. dive'lify the fel'enue base. inma.sc fOreign earning! and provide nectwry raw makriaU for :.gro-ba.scd indwlries. The stale govcmmenl has also concluded anangl!'ments for Ihe fIag-off of~G rOl.-th Enhance· mmt ScMme (GES). The fed.tral go\'tI1lmcnl hao; a new poIic}'on agriculture. We look at agricuJtureas adevelopment program. The emphasis IDouid not be: on

the increast' in production but on the chain out-put of various commoditirs. or in the proctmllgand marketing.. II will help loget corpor.lle bodies to get Intoagricultu~ ao; wdl as private farfI!.ers. For instance. in cassaV<lculti\lItion, "'~ nee:d good seeds or siems and you art I5SUrN of 50 pcrct'nt of )'OUr activities; then )'tlUlook for fertilizer and cassal1lst<:m. We provide two bags of ferti1izerto farme~ that we registered in the State.

trains 40 Katsina farmers on modern techniques TfIE'West . Vican Cotton Company.:.imilt ~ (WACOT) hiLS commencKl ~njng ol4O rur.aI fmnas in Katsina Stale on modern farming techniques .J:h a view 10 improving t¥,! produ~~:Jn capacity. Spi:akin~ " hde launching the scherne in FW Itua. WACOTs M,an-Siog DireclCII, Me. Sublrkumar

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Dq', $ODd the Ir.lining ....as in line with the federal govmtment seed multiplication progr.un under

Gns.f.nhmccmenl Scheme (GES). Dcysaid WACOTwas in cotton, agro-chemicah and grains business for the past 15}'tal$ in Katsina State, describing the state as agricuJlw2lly bles.wd and urged thc.bmditing fannus in the: state to utilize the opportwlity through implementing

the: aperimce they gained during thelnirung.. ·Under the Memorandum of lJndo-standingbet\.'CmWACOT and the Federal govnnmcnl, 400, 000 mttric tones ofseed cotton have been designed with similar target of 100,!XX) metric tones of cotton lint by20 lS: Dcysaid. He explained that to achicl.'t 1M target, his non had planned good

agricultural practice:s through distribution of seeds. good fertilizer, biG-stimulant and crop proI«Iion chtmicals. adding that I'armcr tnloingand monilOring activities "''e'C arnnged by ltam of expels. The ManaWll8 Director noted that WACOT had also emplo)'Cd cotton breeders apatriatc:s 10 mstIl't adequate production of quality seeds foronward distribu·

tion to fomners In Kauina under the prng<>m. On his part. a Depuly DirK'tor from 1M FcdcraJ Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Damiloa Enia)'tju. assured of govmunent's commitment fot the succes.s of the program, noting that 5Ir.Ittgies ~ designed b- the bn~talion of the program in stages and with smaD $CaIe {amm as dominating beneficiaries.


DAILY TRUST, 21 AUGUST, 2012  

Anambra lacks enough land for farming

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