Farmers in the country, on Wednesday, completely rejected the move by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government to reopen all the closed land borders for business, very soon,
The Farmers stated that doing so at the time when the prices of food items are on the increase locally, may be dangerous.
They said that neighbouring countries that rely on Nigeria for food and other necessities, would troop into the country, and by implication, the prices of such commodities would go higher.
Recall, that the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, had said that President Muhammadu Buhari will soon receive a report of the Presidential Committee constituted to advise him on the reopening of the nation’s land borders, promising that the borders will be reopened soon.
Reacting however, the National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, AFAN, Arch. Kabiru Ibrahim, said that most foods produced in Nigeria, usually find their way to the neighbouring countries, adding that, reopening of the land borders would make such movements much easier.
His words: “Farmers are harvesting their produce, but yet prices of food items are on the rise for some other factors; so if you open the borders and allow free movement of the products to our neighbouring countries, what do you think will happen, it will be disastrous.”
He also reminded of the proponents of the reopening about the new wave of Covid-19 infections, adding that, taking such action at the moment, would further worsen the situation.
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