Alhaji Nura Attajiri, a Sokoto-based agro-industrialist, has commended Federal Government’s support to some Nigerian farmers to boost food security in the country and encourage export.
Attajiri, the Chairman of Sokoto State chapter of Small and Medium Scale Rice Millers, made the remark in Sokoto while addressing newsmen.
According to him, the ongoing government’s efforts to intensify food production in Nigeria will no doubt enhance the country’s economic diversification.
“With the current trend, farming in the country is no longer for subsistence or hobby, it provides the needed elixir for most Nigerians who were hitherto mere consumers of foodstuffs to become producers.
“In the same vein, the provision of financial support to Nigerian farmers via the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme of the Federal Government has greatly boosted food production in Nigeria,” he said.
The agro-industrialist highlighted the positive impact of the recent banning on the importation of rice into the country by the government.
“Nigerians will now concentrate on the consumption of locally produced rice and other food items, the production of local rice will also be intensified.
“However, the provision of some inputs and implements such as improved seeds, assorted fertiliser, herbicides, pesticides and low interest loans should be given due emphasis,” he noted.
Attajiri said there was increased integrated rice milling by domestic companies in the nation, saying that majority of them were supported with loan facilities.
He, however, condemned the attention to the major rice producers to the detriment of the small and medium-scale rice millers.
“This could be done through the provision of more training and simple machinery for sorting the commodity, rice graders and electric dryers.
“Moreover, it will further boost local production for domestic consumption and exports hence, boost the country’s economy.”