The Nigeria Agro Input Dealers Association (NAIDA) has set up a task force to ensure compliance and tackle the inherent problem of adulteration of farm inputs, as well as curb round-tripping associated with agricultural practices in Nigeria.
President of NAIDA, Alhaji Kabir Umar Fara, noted during the inauguration that the task force will help the association live up to its mission statement, which is to make quality agricultural inputs available, accessible, and affordable to farmers in Nigeria with a view to increasing their wellbeing and ensuring food security for all in the country.
Fara pointed out that the task force team, spread across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has the responsibility to facilitate and ultimately create an enabling environment for sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria.
According to him, the inauguration of the monitoring team across the country will no doubt reduce, if not stop, the atrocities being perpetrated by unscrupulous dealers within the association, promising that the association is ready to self-regulate itself.
The chairman also called for the intervention of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security over the scarcity of urea in the Nigerian markets due to the stoppage of its distribution by the major producers, including Indorama Petrochemicals, Notore, and Dangote Fertilizer companies. He implored the minister to encourage the companies to start distribution to eradicate the scarcity as soon as possible.
Also speaking was the National President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Arc Kabir Ibrahim, who congratulated members of NAIDA for taking up the challenge to self-regulate and for promoting integrity, which he referred to as the most important element in nation-building.