The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has appealed to the Federal Government to address the challenges confronting maize cultivation and food sufficiency in the country.
Dr Femi Oke, AFAN’s Chairman in Lagos State, made the appeal in an interview, on Thursday in Lagos.
Oke was reacting to the recent approval given to four companies by the government to import maize and the release of 30,000 tons of maize from the national reserves to assist poultry feed millers.
He said that lack of access to quality and hybrid seedlings, huge transportation, and change in rain patterns were major challenges affecting maize production.
He urged the government to provide the necessary support to farmers to meet the market demands as well as addressing the problems associate with maize production.
“There are a lot of issues to be looked into concerns maize production.
“These include lack of hybrid seeds, irrigation, poor storage system, diseases and pests, lack of machinery and…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper