Sugarcane growers in Hadejia, Jigawa, on Monday appealed to the Federal Government to expand the scope of the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GESS) to enable them benefit from the initiative.
A cross section of the farmers made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Hadejia.
Alhaji Adamu Ibrahim, a farmer, said that the call was imperative to accelerate sugarcane production.
Ibrahim said that sugarcane farmers had not benefited from the programme.
“We want the GESS project to be extended to sugarcane farmers, just like others who are receiving fertilisers, seeds and other support services,” he said.
He said that the programme would enhance specialisation and encourage productivity.
Another farmer, Kabiru Yahaya, also called for proper education services to enable the farmers to improve on their enterprising skills and add value to the produce.
Yahaya advocated the establishment of a marketing board to regulate prices and protect farmers from exploitation by sales agents.
“We are cultivating local and industrial sugarcane but the production is on a small scale due to lack of support and market.
“Providing farmer support and loan facilities will encourage more people to go into sugarcane production,” he said. (NAN)