The Maize Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria (MAGPAMAN), disclosed, Wednesday, that the delay in the endorsement of the 2018 budget had affected maize production in the country.
The President of the Association, Dr Edwin Uche stated this in Abuja.
He noted that the timely execution of the Federal Government’s Programme was essential for the growth and development of agricultural sector.
‘‘The budget delay is affecting the agriculture sector, because of the palliatives, fertilisers, inputs, to support maize farmers that are embedded in the budget.’’ He said.
Dr. Uche stressed the need for decision makers and budget executors to be proactive and less constitutional to ensure the program is successful, adding that maize production was seasonable, hence the reason the budget must be accomplished quickly to provide adequate food in the country.
He deplored the delay in the budget and attributed it to bureaucracy.
Dr. Uche commended Presii’s attempts at advancing agriculture through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Anchor Borrowers’ Programme stating that Agriculture has experienced restructuring over the last 2years
He further stated that the association had started connecting and grouping maize farmers in line with the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in FCT, Zamfara and Kaduna.
Speaking, Dr. Uche disclosed that the association had already commenced linking and aggregating maize farmers in line with the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme in FCT, Zamfara and Kaduna.