In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 04th, September, 2020

Nigerian Farmers Fearful As Authorities Approves Maize Importation

Nigerian Farmers Worried As Government Approves Maize Importation

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Maize farmers in Nigeria are apprehensive that the approval given to some firms to import maize into the nation could have an effect on the worth of the crop out there, most particularly because the harvest has begun.

After months of strain from the poultry farmers and feed millers to permit maize importation, the federal authorities reportedly granted waiver to 4 firms to import 262,000 metric tons of maize.

The businesses are WACOT (with mixed 60,000 tonnes), Chi Farms restricted (60,000), Crown Flour Mills (22,000 tonnes) Premier Feed Mills (120,000) this brings the whole import to 262,000 tonnes starting from August and ending October.

The federal government, by the Central Financial institution of Nigeria reversed earlier its resolution to fully ban meals importation.

A restricted letter from the Nigeria Customs Service dated August 6 2020 in that regard partly reads: “In step with authorities coverage on meals safety, self-sufficiency and placing a steadiness between meals imports and native manufacturing capacities to satisfy anticipated shortfall, the Central Financial institution of Nigeria has granted approval for the underlisted firms to import maize.

“Approval is strictly for the 4 firms.”

At the moment, the worth of maize stays excessive (N19,000 to N21,000 per 100kg) in some markets.

Farmers mentioned they’d spent rather a lot on the inputs and different actions, expressing fears that they may not have the ability to recoup their bills if the worth falls out there.

John Isah, a large-scale maize farmer in Gauraka the alongside Kaduna Highway, mentioned permitting importation when the farmers are about to reap is worrisome.

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‘’I heard in regards to the waiver granted some firms to import maize. Actually, this isn’t the perfect time to try this.

“If it results in crash in worth of maize out there, many native farmers shall be affected and that may discourage them within the subsequent manufacturing,’’ he mentioned.

He mentioned the CBN ought to have defied the strain and continued its native manufacturing coverage.

Danjuma Ayuba, a maize farmer in Nasarawa State, mentioned the federal government shouldn’t have granted the waiver at a time farmers had begun harvesting.

One other farmer, Ibrahim Sunday, mentioned the amount of rice allowed to be imported was not so enormous to crash the maize market.

He, nevertheless, mentioned the timing was flawed.

The nationwide president of the All Farmers Affiliation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Kabiru, mentioned the choice to import maize was absurd and reductive.

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