Stakeholders seek more storage facilities for agric produce

Agriculture stakeholders in Nigeria have called on relevant authorities to establish marketing boards to ensure improved storage facilities to check the excesses of middlemen in the country’s food value chain.

The stakeholders in the Southern region who spoke to Journalists said that governments in the region should adopt ways to checkmate noticeable excesses of middlemen so that the Federal Government’s efforts at ensuring food security would succeed.

The respondents said that availability of good roads would complement farmers’ desire to quickly transport their products to available market outlets to the consumers.

A farmer in Port Harcourt, Mr Roland Brown, specifically advised the Federal Government to establish Market Boards to ensure availability of food for consumers.

Brown, also Chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Rivers Chapter, said that market boards would ensure a win-win situation between middlemen and farmers in Nigeria.

He noted that it was not possible to eliminate middlemen from the food value chain in the country.

The chairman, however, said that the marketing board should be a reformed one with a modernised system.

According to him, farmers will sell their farm produce to the marketing board, while off-takers buy from the board.

He added that the board would fix prices of produce on grading basis at the beginning of farming season.

Peace PIAK

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