Youth in Agri-Business Development and Innovation, YABDI, has urged the Federal Government to maintain the ban on rice and poultry products to pave way for local manufacturers to strive in the country
The National Coordinator of the group, Mr. Adeniyi Sola-Bunmi who made the call in Abuja noted that the importation of these products have prevented a lot of youths who might have wanted to go into the business.
According to him, maintaining the ban on rice and poultry products will go a long way to encourage farmers to work hard to ensure the country’s sufficiency in those products.
He said Rice and poultry products were banned from being imported into the country.
Sola-Bunmi said, ‘’When this happened, majority of farmers went into rice and poultry production and processing.
According to him ‘’Unfortunately, the ban was lifted through the land border and this affected farmers negatively.
He said ‘’Farmers are discouraged with this kind of inconsistency in government’s policy and l hope the government will look into this”.
Sola-Bunmi said that past government policy on agriculture created a lot of awareness and people became interested in farming.
He said that to sustain the new entrance interest in agriculture, the ban should continue.
The coordinator said that the fund allocated to agriculture in the 2016 budget by the Federal Government had demonstrated its willingness to promote agriculture.
Sola-Bunmi said that maintaining the ban on those products and some produce being produced locally would further enhance the nation’s stride towards food security.