AFAN to partner Upper Niger River Basin Authority on mechanised farming –Vice Chair
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), in Niger, on Sunday, said it was seeking partnership with the Upper Niger River Basin Development Authority (UNRBDA), on mechanised agriculture and human development.
Mr. Abdulrahman Yusuf, Vice Chairman of the association, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Minna, explained that the idea was to create more jobs, increase the livelihood of the farmers, as well as scale up food production in the state.
“We have started discussion with UNRBDA on how to go into mechanised agriculture production and human development.
“Last week we met with the Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the Managing Director UNRBDA on the issue. I assure you that very soon we will finalize the arrangement”, he said.
When concluded, Yusuf said the partnership would give members of AFAN the opportunity to utilise the vast irrigation systems established by the river basin across the state.
He said that the lands would be utilised for the cultivation of dry season rice, maize, soybeans, vegetables, cowpeas, among others.
The Vice Chairman, however, appealed to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the state government, to always provide farmers with inputs and implements for dry season farming on time.
“The dry season farming starts in October every year and we are now in March and many of our farmers are yet to receive inputs and implements.
“Any moment from April , we are expecting rainfall, then the essence of the dry season farming will be defeated,” he said. (NAN)