The National Rubber Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria, has urged the federal government to implement more policies that support the rubber production sub-sector.
The plea was contained in a communique the association issued in Abuja on Saturday at the end of its National Conference and signed by the president and secretary of the association, Mr Igbinosun Idowu-Peter and Mr Orimisan Ogunjumelo, respectively.
The Conference was themed, “Industrialisation of the Rubber Sub-Sector in Nigeria.”
The Association urged the government to ramp up efforts to industrialize the sector, in addition to regular training sessions for young farmers.
This, it noted, was imperative as the value chain is capable of contributing to the development of the economy.
“There is an urgent need for government to collaborate with the organised private sector to factor in aggressive programmes for the development of the rubber sector.
“This is due to the potential it has to contribute to the Nigerian economy and diversification efforts of the federal government for the sustainable development of the country.
“Government should also enhance the research institute sector, to enable them to develop technologies to improve the rubber sector.
“Government should expand and enhance the extension services to assist farmers in the rubber sector,” the communique read in part.
On funding, the association called on the Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and NEXIM Bank, to be fully involved in the development of the rubber sub-sector through financial services.
This, the association stated, could be achieved through the provision of more credit facilities at friendly interest rates, for small and large scale rubber farmers.
State governments were also urged to be actively involved in ensuring the development of the sub-sector
The communique read, “Government should implement all the relevant policies already developed to boost the agricultural sectors.
“Government should take up the responsibility to measure out modalities to assist in rubber production technology to further enhance the promotion and sustainability of the rubber sector.
“State governments should collaborate with the association in the development of rubber value chain in their states by making land available for the development of rubber plantations.
“Government should also increase agricultural subsidies to rubber farmers by the construction of smokehouses in clusters.
“This is for effective storage facilities, basic infrastructural facilities, agrichemicals and fertiliser to boost rubber production.”
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