Farmers under the aegis of Kogi State Farmers and Buyers Forum of Nigeria have appealed to Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo intervene the planned increase of produce payment from N30,000 to N90,000.
The appeal was contained in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Barrister Ibrahim Adam, which was made available to newsmen on Sunday in Lokoja.
The forum cried out to the state government to stop suffocating them, saying they could no longer bear the burden of multiple taxation in the state.
The forum also called on President Bola Tinubu to direct the Ministry of Agriculture to address multiple taxation, stating that they could no longer breathe.
The farmers’ forum is a platform formed by concerned farmers who aim to standardise the level of agriculture in Nigeria, improve the farming system, and restore agriculture as the bedrock of communal and individual wealth, as it was in the past.
According to the statement, “The Produce Inspection Department (PID) in Kogi State charges the highest inspection fee in the country at N30,000 per truck, while other states such as Kano, Gombe, Katsina, Yobe, and others charge significantly lower fees.
“The breakdown is as follows: Kogi PID N30,000, Kano PID N5000, Gombe PID N5,000, Katsina PID N3,000, Yobe PID N2,000, Nasarawa PID N20,000, Benue PID N25,000, Oyo PID N20,000, Niger PID N10,000, Bauchi PID N5,000, Jigawa PID N3,000, Yola PID N4,000, Kaduna PID N7,000, and Osun PID N10,000.
“Other unexplained receipts, which amount to multiple taxation imposed on Kogi state cashew buyers, have this breakdown of the various levies: interstate levy (AKA haulage fee) N13,000, IML N5,000, loading and offloading fee N12,000, pass N5,000, state environmental fee N6,000, local government environmental fee N5,000, and local government departmental fee N10,000.
All these levies are from Kogi State Board of Internal Revenue, and there are also numerous roadblocks under the auspices of produce extorting motorists and harassing drivers and buyers carrying these goods cashew from farm gate carrying to the warehouse for sale, some of the boys are even carrying guns and other dangerous weapons scaring the foreigners.