The Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MAAN) in Gombe has advised beneficiaries of Federal Government’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP) farming inputs to refrain from selling their allocations.
It’s chairman, Mr Elkanah Gurati, gave the advice in an interview with the NIGERIA NEW in Gombe on Wednesday.
Gurati alleged that some of the beneficiaries sold their allocation to marketers rather than work toward the success of the scheme at the end of the season.
He said that sincerity of participants toward the success of the programme would enable the farmers to pay back with the produce at the end of the harvest.
“This is a loan; the Federal Government through the CBN disbursed this loan to assist the small-scale farmers and improve on the economy of the country.
“Because we are in the political era, some farmers have yet to understand that; and that is why some of them are set to sell those inputs at the market at cheaper prices rather than use them for the purposes for which they were meant for,” he said.
According to him, about 5, 605 of MAAN members have been assisted with farm inputs for the 2018 farming season, and are expected to cultivate about 10,027.5 hectares of land.
He further solicited the support of security agencies in the state to assist toward the success of the programme by not allowing people to sell out the inputs in the market.
Gurati said that the beneficiaries were given four bags of NPK and two bags of Urea fertiliser, 20 kg of seeds and herbicide per hectare.
He added that each farmer had collected inputs based on the hectares of his farmland.
Gurati said that the association had recorded success in the process through the decentralisation of the distribution in 11 local government areas of the state.
Malam Adamu Kabir, a beneficiary, said that he had received the inputs, which included 12 bags of NPK, six bags Urea fertiliser, and herbicide for three hectares.
According to him, he has also been presented with the association’s Identity Card.
Umar Abubakar, another farmer, said that he had received the inputs but sold it to enable him to use the money on his business to make more profit before the next season.
Abubakar said he received the inputs and thought that storing it till the next season would not help him.
According to him, I sold it and injected the proceeds into other business.
He, however, advised the Federal Government to sustain the programme by giving the inputs on time to enable farmers to plan well for the season.