State governments have been urged to allow farmers to continue to operate under the current lock-down as a result of the covid-19 pandemic in the country.
National President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Alhaji Kabir Ibrahim Kebram made the call in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Katsina.
He noted that farming is an essential service that should not be affected by the COVID-19 lockdown, hence the need for state governments to allow farmers to go to their farms to sustain food and livestock production.
Alhaji Kabir Kebram explained that AFAN has discussed with the federal government on the need to allow traders to transport agric produce to different parts of the country despite the lockdown, being food an essential commodity.
He explained that “the Minister of Agriculture and those of Defence, Police Affairs and Interior held a meeting, after which they issued a communique as a directive to relevant security agencies enforcing the lockdown to ease movement of farm produce in and across the country.
“They have even formed a Taskforce which will be in constant touch with the law enforcement agents to ensure that vehicles going about the essential service of conveying food and livestock produce are allowed to operate without let or hindrance.”
The AFAN National President commended state governments that have opened grain and vegetable markets to operate under safety conditions and allowed farmers to sustain food production during the period of the covid-19 lockdown.
He also urged the federal government to provide financial support to farmers in the country to enable them produce enough food reserves that can cater for the country’s needs in the event of a prolonged global lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.