The Katsina State Chapter of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), has called on its members to stay firm and be productive like every other time, during this year’s farming season.
In a statement signed by the state chairman of the Association, Alhaji Ya’u Umar Gwajo-Gwajo as seen by our correspondent advises members not to allow lockdown poise a threat to this year’s farming activities.
The statement reads as follows:
On behalf of The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Katsina Chapter, I wish to address the entire farmers of Katsina State to stay firm and productive like every other time, during this year’s farming season.
This is necessary in order to repress the threatening food crisis, resulting from the spread of COVID-19, which has forced nations on lockdown.
Although we are expected to abide by the governments regulations as a part of our corporate social responsibility, we also must not sit back and fold our hands.
However, the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Katsina Chapter is determined to protect the interest of each and every one of its members.
Should the lockdown poise a threat to our farming activities, we shall see to it that the commissioner of Police is informed and the necessary formalities are made to provide our members with a pass in order to ensure adequate provision of alleviatory measures to ease this year’s farming season.
We also solicit for more support from the State Government where necessary, there is a need for a synergy effort between AFAN and the government in order to get the agricultural palliatives across to the farmers.
AFAN, National Body, through it’s Vice President, has alerted the government and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO), to move fast to avert food crisis in the continent as they contain the spread of COVID-19.
Countries are turning to Agric sectors, following the global crash in the prices of crude oil in order to sustain the economy. There is a crucial need to revitalise the agricultural sector and we are by the Grace of God determined to do our part.
We also advise the government at all levels to expand Agricultural Programmes and ensure the availability of adequate financial resources and other needed inputs in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for food availability and affordability as this would also lead to massive creation of jobs and wealth.
Lastly, I wish to encourage the Youths in Katsina State to continues engagement in agricultural activities. AFAN is made-up of what is referred to as Commodity Associations, these commodities could be anything a farmer grow from millet, maize, sesame, rice etc. The potentials in farming has always been enormous and will continue to be.
Complimenting the season of Ramadan, we should pray for our beloved State and Country at large. And Stay Safe and hygienic during this period of the pandemic as we all hope to see it become a thing of the past, and urges us to continue to be good ambassadors of our faiths and society as well as our respective occupations.
Allah Sa muna cikin ƴantattun bayi, Ameen.
– Rt. Hon. Ya’u Umar Gwajo-gwajo
All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Katsina State