Chief Audu Ogbeh,the minister of Agriculture and rural development mentioned that the federal government won’t accept much importation of Maize starting from next year .
According to the minister,he stated that,maize was not included in the Nation’s Import ban list,he therefore urged the company to work out how to grow the product in a local way via the backward integration just like the rice production.
At the course of a conversation with newsmen,the minister also identified the role of middlemen,whom,he alleged,hoard grains and made the prices prohibitive,as one of the main challenges facing the sector.
His words, “One of the issues that we are facing is hoarding by middlemen. I know in many warehouses in places like Funtua, Bokkos and Dawano market in Kano, huge warehouses are loaded with grains by some middlemen who believe that they were waiting for the price to rise to the sky before they can sell. So, the price of maize rose from N85,000 per tonne to N135,000. And poultry farmers were losing all their chickens; I keep poultry too, it has affected me.