…Say’s members now farm along road
By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The President Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Alhaji Bello Abubakar Annur said maize produce is affected by about 10 – 20 percent due to security challenges in the northern region.
Alhaji Annur who disclosed this at the end of seminar organised for newly elected officials of the association. The president stated that despite the insecurity the produce this year is better than last year by 10 percent.
Meanwhile, he lamented that some of their members were unable to evacuate what they produced, some have started farming alongside the road and have now left their farms because of insecurity. “Actually everybody know there’s insecurity In this area but despite that, we’re still producing maize. “But some of our farmers were not able to evacuate what they produce because of the insecurity. And some of them have started farming along the road and have now left the farm because of insecurity.
“Actually it has affected out production about 10 to 20 percent. But we still produce more than what we produced last year. If u look at the programs going on now especially Anchor Borrower program, is part of the way of engaging the youth especially women and girls because is providing the job opportunities and also training the farmers on how to be self independent in terms of agriculture.
“And then when this programs is sustainable all our youth will get employment or job that will give them independence and contribute to the growth of economy in Nigeria”., he said
on while this is coming about the time they’re going to unveil maize pyramid in kaduna, the president said “You can see we’ve almost finished the formation of the pyramid and is looking attracting to more and more people especially the youth.
“This is why I said if we sustain it this ways it’ll attract our youth to be self independent in agriculture. We have form about 21 pyramid which you can see physically on ground which last year we had form only ten percent.
“You can see that there’s an improvement. So this shows that we can tell Nigerian and world that we’ve reach a point that we can depend on our own in terms of maize production in Nigeria. End.