Nigeria under productive in agricultural produce – AFAN Chairman

Tunde Akanbi Ilorin

The Kwara State Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Tajudeen Olawale Ajibola has called for promotion and adoption of relevant biotechnology in farming activities.                                          
Ajibola made the call while speaking with VON correspondent in Ilorin, North Central Nigeria.
According to him, Nigeria is under-productive in terms of agricultural produce, stressing the need for the country to strengthen effective packing and marketing of farm produce in the country.
He stated that the All Farmers Association of Nigeria was set-up to complement government efforts towards improving the agricultural sector.
The Chairman called for improved funding well as technological facilities and logistic to enhance the preservation of agricultural produce.
Speaking on rice production, the AFAN Chairman said Nigeria can grow enough rice for local consumption and export.
He however, called on the Federal Government to fashion out measures that would pave way for improved cultivation of the cereal.
Also speaking with VON the State Secretary of the Association, Mukaila Salaudeen said the Association had embarked on a census of farmers to ascertain the number of genuine farmers in the state.
Salaudeen added that the exercise would capture farmers across the sixteen Local Government Areas, stating that only the registered members would be capture in the exercise.
The Secretary emphasized the need for diversification of the country’s economy by  developing agriculture, mining and other sectors.
He also called for adequate security in the sector for efficient productivity.
On the packaging of tomatoes and other agricultural produce, Salaudeen stressed the need for safe and responsible use of pesticides and a proper disposal of empty pesticide containers.