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Agric transformation favours peasant farmers - Nigeria
Agric transformation favours peasant farmers - Nigeria

Agric transformation favours peasant farmers - Nigeria

FMCG SUPPLIER NEWS - Sep 19th 2014, 10:02

The Director General of Unique Farmers Association (UFAN), Chief John Paul Adama, has said that the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is most favourable to peasant rural farmers, as the scheme has eliminated intrigues in the country who deny them of their entitlements. 

The Agricultural Transformation Agenda was launched at the inception of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration to grow the agricultural sector and make farm inputs accessible to farmers directly at subsidised rates.

Adama, while speaking with Vanguard at the university town of Nsukka, said the era when the ministry of agriculture was in the hands of politicians has ended with the launch of ATA in the country.

“ATA, through rural peasant farmers, attests to the fact that they get direct farm input supplies from the ministry, which explains that ATA has eliminated all forms of corruption by godfathers in the ministry of Agriculture,” he said.

Rural peasant farmers

He commended other innovations introduced by the minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina.

“The Growth Enhancement Support Scheme is another laudable innovation that brings fertilisers directly to the doorsteps of farmers through an Electronic Wallet. This year alone e-wallet systems have captured 14 million farmers as opposed to the 10 million last year. We hope that every farmer in the country is certified so that they can benefit from these incentives.

“All that is expected of any farmer is to get enlisted by registering his name and phone number in order to get certified, and thereafter go to any redemption centre nearby and collect their subsidised fertilisers and seeds.

“The scheme has made communications among farmers easier, as we get regular, up to date information on the latest trends in agriculture from the ministry. ATA has enriched many farmers in agriculture, which has never been experienced before,” he said.From © 2014 Vanguard Media Limited, Nigeria 

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