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The problem farmers have with this administration

The government mentioned GES programme, Agricultural Transformation Agenda and the successful fight waged against corruption as some of the achievements of the government.Sincerely speaking, farmers…

The government mentioned GES programme, Agricultural Transformation Agenda and the successful fight waged against corruption as some of the achievements of the government.
Sincerely speaking, farmers in Nigeria are at a loss as to what the present administration has really done to them which have enhanced agricultural production. Is it the two bags of fertiliser sold at 50% subsidized price or the grains given to us in the name of seeds that have improved our activities?
I read in Daily Trust where farmers in Sokoto, Zamfara and Kebbi states said they do not use the so-called seeds government is distributing through the GES because they are not good seeds. They have very low yield. Others said the GES is marred by corruption.
Recently, former minister for agriculture MalamAdamu Bello told us how the agric sector has suffered serious setbacks under the present administration. These are basic truths about agric in today’s Nigeria.
As a rice farmer in Suru, Kebbi State, cultivating three hectares, I make bold to say that the GES programme has not made any impact in our farming business. Two bags of fertiliser cannot even take care of one hectare. If the federal government can only sell two bags of fertiliser to me in a year, where did they get the ‘Goodluck Jonathan’ branded fertiliser that they distributed to women in the state. My wife got 6 bags free as campaign gift to vote for Jonathan.
Is that the agricultural support that the government is talking about? Is that how it intends to develop agriculture from subsistence to business level? Is it by sitting down in Abuja and telling the world what it feels like that agriculture will grow? What is holding government from addressing the real problems holding the sector backward?
If only the minister for agriculture will learn from the interview granted to Daily Trust by former transport minister, Yusuf Suleiman, the sector will develop. That interview was a summary of the problems of agriculture in Nigeria and the way forward. As it is now, this administration does not know the problem of agriculture and what it will do to move the sector forward.

Alhaji Musa Illo
BakinKasuwa, Suru

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