ABUJA- Food Growers Association of Nigeria (FOGAN) on Monday announced that it would embark on the construction of silo complexes in 774 Local Government Areas as part of measures to preserve the farm produce of its members across the country.
National President of FOGAN, Mr. Joseph Owolabi, who announced this in Abuja at the media briefing, said the Association would embark on the project to reduce the post-harvest losses suffered by its members across the country.
He revealed that the Association in collaboration with international development partners would embark on the construction of silos in all the local government areas in the country.
Owolabi noted that the membership of the Association currently stands at three million farmers, adding that in the next two years, its membership would increase to 10million.
As part of the measures to scale up food production and reduce high cost of food in the market, he said the Association has begun partnership with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the provision of
fertilizers, insecticide, seedlings of affordable price to members nationwide.
“The association will also train the grassroots farmers in modern farming techniques; provide modern equipment such as tractors, harvesters sprayers, among others, to farmers.
“Equally, the association will initiate measures aimed at preserving and protecting the interest of the members,” he said.
Owolabi underscored the need for Nigerian youths to embrace agriculture, adding that the Association has begun recruitment drive for the young people to create jobs and generate wealth.
According to him, “Efforts are on for any young farmer to have at last five hectares of land he or she desires to farm.
“This practice will lead to flooding market with food before the end of 2024.
“We shall also do all these through the cooperation and support of other non governmental organisstions, government agencies and individuals and Nigeria will maintain her position as the giant of Africa.
“We need to set aside corruption, ethnic, religious and tribalism sentiments
“We request that every Nigerian interested to make this country great and self-sufficiency in food production is welcome on board as the Association has a department for physically challenged who are interested in farming as a business too.
“The Association, is set to bring the overwhelming unemployed youths back to the farm as business, not just subsistence farmers, agriculture should be a business performing like other businesses