By Abba Kabara, Gusau
The National Association of Grain Sellers Cooperative has called on the Federal Government to reinforce stringent measures on border closure policy against not only the smuggling or even importation of rice, but on other assorted grains which the nation can produce.
National hairman of the association, Alhaji Haruna Adamu Panbegowa made the call during a North-west meeting comprising of five states that include Kebbi, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, with Zamfara as a host state.
The chairman also advised the Federal Government to each year, regulate the prices of every grain product so that farmers would be assured of making a comfortable profit after harvest.
He explained that the two measures are important, if the nation is really set to attain the desired target for a self sufficient food security free from unnecessary dependence on foreign import.
Panbeguwa expressed appreciation for the concern and support shown by the Federal Government to facilitate the success of the association, adding that, ”we have officially written our request to the presidency now waiting for the attention and assent of the President.
In his comment, the Permanent Secretary, Zamfara state Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Alhaji Sani Nassarawa, who was represented by the Director Commerce, Alhaji Sani Abdu Gusau said his ministry is ready to partner with the association to enforce sanity and seller/buyer confidence in grain business.
Sani Abdu disclosed that already, the ministry has created a grain business corridor between states within the Northwest and the Niger Republic for grain business transaction which according to him ‘a minimum of two trailer trucks of grains’ are being transacted across to Niger Republic on daily basis from Gusau alone.
He said this has helped to open business opportunities for farmers to make a good profit after harvest which according to him, will encourage and boost agricultural production.
Sani further said the state government under the leadership of Hon. Bello Muhammad Matawalle has committed a lot of effort to promote and sustain farming activities in the state, particularly in making sure that peace is maintain as major prerequisite for all other economic development.
He said government has designed various policies to ensure that Zamfara state is tuned for a radical shift to agriculture so to practically fits into, and act in line with its slogan, ”farming is our pride”.