Alhaji Muhammad Augie, the Chairman, Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), says that the closure of Nigeria’s land borders will help to improve the country’s economy.
Augie, the Chairman of RIFAN in Kebbi state disclose this in an interview with news men in Birnin Kebbi today.
He said that the closure of land borders is one of the ways to improve the country’s economy and encourage farmers to be more productive.
The chairman said that the Nigerian farmers can feed the country and some neighboring countries in Africa if priority is given to agricultural development.
Augie therefore, call on the three tiers of government to intensify efforts at introducing policies and programmers that will motivate farmers in the country. Adding that, about seven thousand rice farmers benefited from association’s soft loan in Kebbi state.
The chairman further stressed the need for farmers to repay their loans in order to allow others to also benefit. Adding that, if the youths are empowered farming, it will create job opportunities.
The RIFAN chairman advised farmers to manage their farms produce diligently in order to achieve the desired objectives of making profit and developing the economy.