A farmer, Mr Abaku Joshua has lamented the lack of assistance from the government for farmers in his village, Sumpe, under Bwari local government, in Abuja.
Mr Joshua, in an interaction with Blueprint said no farmer in his village enjoy any form of government support and that every farmer struggle individually to farm their crops.
He said the high price of inputs such as fertilizer, herbicides and pesticide has further compounded farmers’ problems.
He said all that farmers in Sumpe have achieved for some years now has been by personal efforts.
He added that the high price of yam was stimulated by factors beyond farmers control and urged the government to extend help to rural farmers who are predominantly small scale farmers.
Another farmer Mrs Blessing Samuel, said the price of yam was impacted by the price of rice as many who could not afford the price of rice turned to yam thereby raising the demand for yam.
She wonder how the government would allow cost of farm inputs to rise to the extent that it impacts on farm produces.
Mrs Mercy Joseph from Shere village urged government to develop the road network in the area saying cost of transportation is rip-off farmers’ profit.
She said because of lack of good road and increase in petroleum price must farmers result to the use of motorcycles that must time cause damages to the produces thereby reducing the price.
She therefore called on the government to include her village in the infrastructure plan.