Wheat farmers in Bauchi State have formed a chapter of the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria (WFAN), electing officials to pilot its affairs, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
NAN also reported that the action was aimed at accessing the Federal Government incentives to boost production.
Representative of farmers from the 20 local government areas of the state elected Malam Mohammed Adamu as the President and Malam Ibrahim Barde as the secretary.
The elected officials were expected to pilot the affairs of the about 1,194 wheat farmers in the state for one year.
Inaugurating the officials, Alhaji Mohammed Yusuf, the Federal Director in the state, explained that establishing the state chapter of the association had become necessary as part of the Federal Government’s plan to boost wheat farming in the country.
Yusuf noted that every year, more than one trillion is spent on importation of rice, wheat, sugar and fish, out of which more than N635 billion was spent on wheat importation alone.
“Nigeria has the land, the farmers, as well as the market, for how long do we keep importing what we can produce?
“It was for this reason that the Federal Government came out with the wheat value chain initiative designed to assist farmers with inputs and create market for their produce with a view to boost its productivity in the country thereby reducing importation,” he said.
He added that the Federal Government, through its Growth Enhancement Support scheme (GES), would support registered farmers with two bags of fertiliser at 50 per cent discount and 100kg improved wheat seeds free of charge.
He said that out of the more than 1,194 wheat farmers registered in the state, only 800 would benefit in the pilot scheme as the remaining 394 had no valid GSM number.
Yusuf explained that establishing the association would help in monitoring the farmers, planning and other issues for the attainment of the set goals of the wheat value chain.
He urged the farmers to ensure that the inputs, when provided, were fully utilised to achieve maximum result.
In his acceptance speech, Adamu thanked the Federal Government for selecting the state to benefit from the wheat project.
He gave an assurance that the farmers would not disappoint the government with the inputs support and the more than 3,000 hectares of land dedicated to wheat cultivation alone.
Category: Bauchi State News