Th e Women leader, National Association of Nigeria Traders, (NANTS) Mrs RuthAbraham Agbo, has commended the recent federal government programme for the exportation of yam, saying this will improve farmers commitment to farming. She however urged that, eff ort must be made to ensure that exported yams are up to standard to avoid the embarrassment of rejection. Agbo, stated this while speaking with press in the side-line of the closing ceremony of the FADAMA agroentrepreneurs trainings for youth and women at the FCT College of Education, Zuba on Friday. She said it will not aff ect Nigerians food production, but urged that standard must be maintained to ensure that exported yams are not returned. “So many things might have cause the increase price of food items in the market.
Before now, not everybody sees agriculture as a big deal because of oil, but now that we are looking inward into agriculture, people need to be sensitised and trained. Th ey need to have awareness of the important of agriculture. But on the rise of food price, there are lots of contributing factors, which ranged from seed, transportation, land preparation. “And the high cost of items is not peculiar to agriculture, it cuts across because we of the recession. She argued that the federal government can still control the price of items in the market by putting necessary modalities in place. “It is going to take a long time for government to do something on this.
And traders are not deliberately infl ating price of goods, because they also need to profi t from what they have put into their businesses. Th ere is hope for us, very soon everything will be ok,” she said