Niger gov advocates protection of farmers’ interest
By Ummi Ismaeel-Minna
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called for the introduction of price control mechanism that would guarantee fair treatment in business transaction in the country.
He said that the measure would protect the interest of farmers, who would in turn, ensure enough food for local consumption and for export.
The governor made the appeal at Edozhigi in Gbako Local Government Area when he inspected a Fadama project during his Mid-Term Project Assessment and Meet the People Tour.
Bello pointed out that price control mechanism would guarantee stable price regime that would protect the farmers.
“Designing a price control system for basic agricultural produce will allow for a stable price and reduce uncertainties in the market and as well help to determine the real value of most agricultural produce.
“There must be price control. We must design control because it is the only way you have value for what you farm. If there is no price control and people sold at different prices at the end of the day the farmers will suffer and we want to protect the farmers.
“There is the need for government and farmers in the state to meet with a view to determining price so that even if somebody is coming from outside the state to buy the produce it will be the same price everywhere in the state, by so doing farmers will get value for all their labour,” he said.
Bello also assured Edozhigi people that his administration would support them with improved agricultural inputs for high yield such as; high yielding seedlings, fertilizer and extension services for improved and increased farm produce.
While commending farmers in the area for commitments to ensure food productions, Bello expressed optimism that the area being blessed with suitable land for high rice production will serve as a good revenue source for not only the community but Niger State in general.
Leader of farmers in the area, Alhaji Haliru Ndadoko, had commended the administration’s policies and programmes designed to boost agriculture, noting that farmers in the area have benefited from government's intervention in the agricultural sector.