Distribute grains through farmers’ apex body, Tinubu urged
By Fatima Muraina
Farmers have called on President Bola Tinubu to ensure that distribution of the grains to be released goes directly through farmers apex body to the targeted people and not through politicians as to reduce the hardship faced by Nigerians.
It would be recalled, that as a temporary response to the nation’s growing food crisis and rising cost of commodities, Tinubu had ordered the release of more than 102,000 metric tons of grains from the National Food Reserve and the Rice Millers Association.
Speaking with The Hope in separate interviews, the farmers argued that such initiative is often aborted due to lack of monitoring and were hijacked by unscrupulous individuals.
Commenting on the president’s gesture, the Ondo State Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, ALFAN, Mr Abayomi Monilari described the initiative as a welcomed development, but that the distribution be monitored to enable it get to everyone.
“It is a welcomed idea but with a question mark. Will those at the top allow it get to the grassroots? Will they not do it the way they did the COVID-19 palliatives?
“Even the first palliatives approved to Nigerians the first time he got there, how many people received it? Were they not kept at the stores for the rich?”
“If Tinubu really wants to work, he has to connect the grassroots. For example, the fertilizers given to some of thessenators to give to the farmers, where are they? In Ondo State, we only know of one senator who did his up to 70 percent”.
Monilari who is also President of Ondo State Farmers’ Congress, said the poor people who are suffering and unable to get one square meal should be considered.
The Chairman, Ondo State Agricultural Commodities Association, OSACA, Mr Gbenga Obaweya who described the development as a temporary relief, advised that serious measures be put in place to ensure that food is produced in abundance.
This, Obaweya said will ensure sufficiency and sustainability for future needs and would avert food crisis.
“At least for us in Ondo State, we are appealing to government in the area of land clearing and preparation, inputs and the need for prices of all agricultural equipment to be subsidized so that these equipments will be cheaper for the farmers to be able to access.