From Okwe Obi

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, has demanded collaboration among agro dealers in order to boost food production.

The minister stated this when the President of Nigerian Agro Input Dealers Association (NAIDA), Kabir Umar Fara, and his team paid him a courtesy call in Abuja, yesterday.

Kyari pointed out that the essence of the collaboration was to ensure that products supplied meet the prescribed set standards in terms of quality and quantity to ensure food sufficiency.

He emphasised the need for the Association to sell only certified and approved products sourced from the registered Input producers.

He, therefore charged associations to come up with policies and programmes that would see to how adulteration of products can be mitigated, noting that the marketers are the face of government.

He, also, urged farmers to use and apply the entire inputs given, in line with the best agronomic practices for maximum productivities.

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Earlier, NAIDA President Kabir Fara explained that the association is an umbrella of input distributors in Nigeria to farmers, including fertilisers, organic and inorganic, seeds, petrol chemicals and farm implements.

He pointed out that the association was a structured national body with six zonal vice residents and state chapter chairmen, with their names and contact with the Ministry to ensure synergy at the grass root and are committed to ensure that agribusiness is no longer business as usual.

He stated that the association sensitises farmers to buy their inputs from established approved centres.

Speaking further, he stated that when the cost of Inputs are high, there is tendency that many agro dealers would want to go the wrong way, stressing that it is their duty to assist the Ministry stop the wrong way.

He added that, “now, there is sales permit issued by the Ministry, if you do not have sales permit and you are guilty in any of the sales of our inputs, you should be arrested immediately.”

He revealed that the Ministry had also deployed foot soldiers in each of the states, for purposes of collaboration with the 36 States and FCT to ensure compliance.