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Nigerian farmers still buy fertilizer for N10,000 per bag- AFAN Vice chair

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The Vice Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Chief Daniel Okafor has said that despite Presidential intervention on fertilizer blending, Nigerian farmers still buy fertilizer for N10,000 per bag.
Chief Okafor who disclosed this while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said the announcement made by the government that fertilizer was sold for N5,500 was fraudulent.

“For some years now, we have been buying fertilizer for N10,000 per bag. Last year, I went to the authorities and asked them how we could get Fertilizer because we are buying fertilizer for N10,000 per bag in the market.

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“We are buying fertilizer for N10,000 as am talking to you now. He said the announcement that Fertilizer is sold for N5500 is fraudulent”.
Recall that the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria (FEPSAN) in partnership with the Nigerian government had revived some fertilizer blending factories in Nigeria.
With collaboration with the Morrocan government, the government announced that the fertilizer blended in Nigeria would be sold for N5,500 to all farmers.
Executive Director and Founder, Women Farmers Advancement Network (WOFAN), Hajiya Salamatu Garba in an interview with journalists  in Abuja, said fertilizer was not sold for N5,500 in the market.
According to her “everyone knows fertilizer is not sold at 5,500 because someone like an off taker is also there that mops the market.
She said “they are doing  they are blending fertilizer in kano and a farmer can go in to any of the 44 LGA KASCO plant  and buy fertilizer .
“That I commend them but it has not slit to the other part of the country, as a result of that, they still need to carry it to the rural parts of the country that are hard to reach and they pay extra for transportation to take it there”.
“So who on earth is going to put so much on transportation to carry a product and pay staff and now sell it to people are the same price that he has bought”, she queried.
So before government come out and shout that fertilizer to the retailer is N5,500, we must have provided the enabling environment that will allow the person that is selling that to the dealer or distributor to buy it at a cheaper rate, he has the infrastructure because the road is there and he will easily go there”, she added.

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Edwin is an agriculture enthusiast who believes in the potency of agriculture in driving economic growth in developing countries. He also believes in the use of biotechnology to advance agriculture in order to fight hunger and poverty. Edwin believes in the power of the media to bridge the gap between policy makers, sector actors and the farmers, especially those in the rural areas.

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