By Emameh Gabriel, Abuja
The fight to end the importation of food from genetically modified organisms, GMOs and the importation of maize continues to gain momentum as Nigerian farmers have resolved to flood the market with maize and crashed its price of maize iby as much as 50 per cent in a few months time from now.
Speaking with our correspondent, the National Coordinator of Nigerians Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) Comrade Retson Tedheke said the farmers’ group is putting measures in place to ensure increase productivity of maize if the government continues to provide the necessary farm inputs to support the production of commodity in the country.
Comrade Tedekhe further disclosed that apart from the over two thousand hectares of maize the group is currently harvesting from its on-going dry season maize farming, there is clear projection of hitting five thousand hectares of maize in the next farming season.
He noted that in few months time, if appropriate measures were taken by the government to eliminate the huddles farmers go through in assessing farming facilities and in the production of maize, price of the commodity will crash in the market and engender a win-win situation for both farmers, industries and consumers.
Currently, the price of a ton of maize fluctuates between N120,000, N95,000 and N80,000.
This move according to Tedekhe, “is just a bit of what is to come via the ongoing agricultural revolution championed by the Buhari administration. It will not only guarantee food security but also to increase the level of diversification in securing a prosperous economy for the country in the face of the unstable global oil price,” he said.
He also disclosed that from what Nigerian farmers group have on ground, which according him has given them more eye opener in maize farming, the price may go down before the projected time because “there are expectation of bumper harvest”.