This was contained in a statement signed by the National President, MAAN, Dr Bello Abubakar Funtua, where the association disclosed that its target for the 2020 wet season farming is placed at 22 million metric tonnes; with all plans on the ground and with the steady support of the Federal Government through the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Anchor Borrowers Programme, and also added that maize has the “potentials of becoming a ‘Wonder Crop’ and the miracle all farmers and consumers are looking for.”
According to the statement, Federal Government’s recent ban maize importation has increased demand from local farmers and reassures them of the government’s patronage, which the association would work assiduously to support maize farmers in the country with the best available inputs and needed technical support to boost maize farming.
The association also commended Buhari for the bold and strategic decision to ban maize importation, and described it as a step in the right direction towards making the attainment of food security a reality, and that the trust and confidence placed on maize farmers by the President is appreciated, which the association would not take for granted, but will work assiduously to meet the set targets.
It also appreciated the support received from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, especially the palliatives its members all over the country received from the Ministry in the form of farm inputs.
However, the association pointed out that in order to bridge the deficit occasioned by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, recent floods, and drought in some parts of the country, it would embark on dry season farming at the commercial level to scale up production.
The statement reads in part, “Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN) restates its commitment to continuously support the Federal government’s Agricultural policies and programs geared towards ensuring Nigeria attains Food Security and Food Sufficiency in the nearest future.
“Recently, the Federal Government placed a ban on the importation of maize thereby increasing the demand from local farmers and reassuring them of government patronage.