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May 27, 2024

2024 Wet Season: AFAN Targets 4m Metric Tonnes of Cash, Food Crops in Niger

As farmers expressed concern over the food security situation, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Niger state says it is targeting four million metric tonnes of cash and food crops production in the 2024 wet farming season. 

The Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Niger state Chapter, Alhaji Shehu Galadima stated this in Minna on Wednesday when he met with members of the association from the 25 local government areas of the state ahead of the 2024 wet farming season.

He disclosed that the association is mobilizing one million smallholder farmers from across the 25 local government areas of the state for the 2024 wet season farming.

He said that the farmers would be targeting crops like rice, maize, sesame, soya beans, millet, cowpea, cotton, cassava, and yam for this year’s wet farming session.

Galadima explained that the state government has reassured the farmers that they would be safe from terrorists and bandits attacks while they embark on the wet season farming adding that a lot of machinery is being put in place to respond in the case of any attack.

“Security outfits have been drafted to ensure that any attack is responded to swiftly. The government has reassured the farmers that they should have a rest of mind and return to their farms”.

He recalled that for the dry season farming, the farmers across the state experienced some attacks but they were quickly neutralized by the security agencies.

The AFAN Chairman said that last year over 1,000 farmers fell into the hands of terrorists and kidnappers and this he pointed out affected food production in the state, resulting in the current food shortage and price hike.

While several of these farmers were killed by Bandits and terrorists, others were kidnapped and ransom running into millions of naira were paid to secure their release.

Despite this, he maintained that the farmers are relentless and would not allow these incidents to deter them from their occupation.

The Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Mathew Ahmed reiterated the state government’s seriousness towards agriculture revolution in the state.

He disclosed that the farmers are the key stakeholders in every sector of the economy which is why the state government is working hard to ensure that no farmer is disturbed by terrorists or kidnappers during the wet season farming.

The Permanent Secretary said that the state government is looking at how it would subsidize farm inputs for the farmers for the wet season, adding that strategies are put in place to ensure every farmer experiences a bumper harvest at the end of the season.

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