In view of the bold reforms which are continuously churning out dividends for the country, the acting Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Kwara State, Elder Daniel Ajiboye has attributed the visible strides in the agricultural sector to the fact that the current administration policy has human face driven by the Presidential transformation agenda.
According to Ajiboye during an exclusive chat with AgroNigeria stated that the agricultural sector has more than ever before received the desired attention, which has obviously resulted into its sectoral growth as well as the developments being recorded in its sub-sectors.
“The Federal Government has tried so much in recognizing real farmers through its database and now things are getting better unlike before when acclaimed farmers waylay what rightfully belong to our members. With the new innovation like GES, E-wallet, farmer census and the rest, Farmers are having it so good and I must say that the Agricultural transformation Agenda (ATA) of the current administration is working.”
“Our relationships with other commodity association like fishery and livestock has improved greatly since the arrival of Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture. Apart from the fact that we recorded bumper harvest individually and collectively, there has also been collaborations between AFAN and manufacturing companies like EMCO Integrated Allied Company willing to make us out-grower farmers which has not happened before. We need more of these and the only way it can be possible is for the Federal Government to improve upon this present feat” he said.
Speaking on the impact of the ATA of the Goodluck administration, “in every facets of agricultural sector and sub-sectors, the emergence of Adesina has helped turned around the fortunes of most moribund sub-sectors which has hitherto stagnated. The input delivery service through the electronically developed E-wallet would continue to remain indelible for years to come especially in the minds of farmers who had at a point given up the struggles of having to wait endlessly while government and fertilizer cartels slug it out”, he explained.
While urging the Federal Government to continue her patronage with the association to be able to identify genuine farmers, he charged the Federal Government to saddle institutes like ARMTI, NCAM and NSPRI with huge responsibilities that will have direct bearings on the farmers so that their existence in the fledgling agrarian State might be justified.
Culled from Agro Nigeria