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Adamawa Assembly wants farmers to keep farm produce

Legislators in the Adamawa State House of Assembly are not happy with the rate at which farmers hastily sell their harvested farm produce to food merchants from neighbouring states.

They described the action as inimical to the state’s food security.

A motion to this effect was moved by the former Speaker and Member representing Yola South Constituency, Kabiru Mijinyawa.

He is worried that local markets in the state are flooded with food merchants from Enugu, Abia, Gombe, Jigawa and Kano among other states, buying off the food.

The legislators warned the farmers to resist the temptation of selling their farm produce early, so as not to end up buying those foodstuffs at a higher price later.

The legislators have also unanimously passed a resolution urging the state government to formulate a policy to regulate the early sale of farm produce.

The decision according to them, is a proactive approach to avert food insecurity.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hammantukur Yetisuri, called on his colleagues to mandate relevant House Standing Committees, to liaise with the relevant stakeholders, to sensitise farmers on the dangers inherent in selling their farm produce.

The legislators called on the executive arm of the government to as a matter of urgency, impose a high tariff on every truck conveying grains out of the state.

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