The Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN) has implored the Federal Government to sustain the ban placed on the importation of some commodities in the country.
The continuation of this policy would further enhance local capacity, the association asserted.
The National President of the association, Dr. Bello Abubakar disclosed during the inauguration of the first National Maize Pyramids and kick-off of the 2021 wet season farming in Katsina State.
Further speaking during the event which was organized in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Abubakar said that maize farmers are currently producing enough to meet up the demand.
In his words: “We say no to maize importation into Nigeria and we will always support the Central Bank of Nigeria for denying maize importers forex, because the CBN supports President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of, “eat what we produce and produce what we eat.”
He reiterated that as far as maize is concerned, “we can produce enough for our consumption and industrial use.”
Regarding the impact of the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), Abubakar said the project has assisted smallholder maize farmers to boost quality production hence leading to a sustainable life.
He also implored his colleagues to cultivate the habit of paying back loans to ensure the sustainability of the AB Programme.
He said, “The success of the Anchor Borrower’s Programme lies in our conduct as maize farmers, we therefore, need to be optimistic in our thoughts and in repaying our loans as at when due for the survival of the programme.
“Anchor Borrower’s Programme was initiated in the first instance to help link smallholder farmers to processors, thereby creating viable and sustainable money – a word is enough for the wise – please, let us wake up and accept the challenge of repaying our loans”.
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