Soft loans, inputs supply will guarantee food security – Association


The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Rivers state Branch, says granting of soft loans to farmers and supply of inputs will guarantee food security in Nigeria.

Chairman of the association, Mr. Roland Brown said in Port Harcourt that low interest rate on loan and supply of fertilizer, hybrid seedlings, could guarantee food security.

Brown said that the gesture would increase the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and create employment opportunities.

He added that most farmers had resorted to the use of organic fertilizer in their farms as they await the supply of inorganic (NPK) fertilizer from the government.

He also called for the re-establishment of Produce Marketing Board to ensure that there is no waste and market glut, adding that a situation where farmers could not easily sell their produce is capable of discouraging them in the next farming season.