5 December 2017

Nigeria: Cocoa Farmers Accuse FG of Procuring Substandard Inputs

Akure — Cocoa Farmers Association of Nigeria (CFAN), has accused the Federal Ministry of Agriculture of procuring substandard agricultural inputs for the farmers, thereby causing great havoc for the agric produce.

In a statement jointly signed by its National President, National Secretary, National Vice President (South-West), and Public Relations Officer, Raimi Adeniji, Adeola Adegoke, Ayodele Joseph, and Yerima Mustapha, they alleged that the government's intervention had caused a lot of havoc.

According to them, some of the inputs allegedly procured by the Ministry included: fungicide, insecticides, and cutlasses, saying: "The procured inputs particularly fungicide had destroyed our cocoa trees and farms.

"We want Mr. President to realise that most of the inputs procured in the past like: jute bags, solo sprayer pumps, fungicide and insecticides were rejected by the cocoa farmers as a results of its low standard."

They disclosed that farmers, who used some of the materials given to them as interventions, regretted their actions afterwards because of the negative impact on their cocoa farms.

The association attributed the disaster to the refusal of the Ministry of Agriculture to heed to their appeal, to always consult farmers whenever making critical issues relating to the procurement of inputs and other demands for the year.

Adeniji said the association had written series of letters to the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbe, to inform him of the expediency of the matter, but never got any response from him.

CFAN, which threatened to stage protests across Nigeria if the government ignored their demands, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the procurement and involve cocoa farmers in the planning and other tasks that affect them.

The statement read in part: "We strongly appealed to Mr. President to move into the matter urgently to save cocoa farmers from untimely death due to the havoc caused by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture."

However, some of the ministry officials contacted by our correspondent refused to speak on the allegations, saying they were not authorised to make a comment, as only the headquarters in Abuja can do so.

Nigeria

Boko Haram Militants Attack Food Aid Convoy in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants have killed four people in an attack on a food convoy carrying aid to displaced civilians in… Read more »

Copyright © 2017 The Guardian. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 900 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.