The Stakeholders in agriculture sector in Sokoto State have welcomed the Federal Government’s plan to establish warehouses in all the local governments in the country.
They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Sokoto on Thursday, that the gesture would curb post harvest losses.
NAN reports that President Goodluck Jonathan had announced at the opening of the 2013 National Agricultural Show ongoing at Tundun-Wada, Nasarawa State, on Tuesday the government’s plan to establish warehouses in all the 774 local governments.
Jonathan was represented by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina.
He said that farmers, who keep their produce in the warehouse, would pay a token fee as the facility would be operated by the private sector.
The Sokoto State Chairman of the Apex Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Alhaji Murtala Gagado, described the plan as a welcome development.
“This is a welcome development but the charges should be highly subsidised,”’ he said.
Similarly, Dr Jabbi Kilgori, a crop scientist with the Faculty of Agriculture, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, advised that the idea should be logically concluded.
Kilgori, who is also the state Commissioner for Environment, said that the gesture would ensure value addition for farm produce.
“It will reduce post-harvest losses and enable farmers to record high turnover on their agricultural investment.” he said.
Another large-scale farmer, Alhaji Nura Attajiri, told NAN that the small-scale farmers, many of whom could not afford storage facility of their own, would benefit from “this innovative idea”.