APC COMMENDS FG’s ‘NO WAIVERS POLICY’ ON IMPORTATION OF PALM OIL, AGRIC PRODUCE
The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has thrown its weight and support behind the agricultural policy of the federal government, especially the ‘no waivers policy’ of the Government, initiated in 2015, on the importation of certain locally cultivated agricultural produce, to encourage investment, economic growth, job creation, food security and to reduce over dependence on foreign exchange wthin the country.
This was made known, when a group of farmers in OndoState, under the auspices of National Palm Producers Association of Nigeria (NPPAN), paid a courtesy visit to the Party’s Publicity Secretary, Omo’ba AbayomiAdesanya, in Akure, the State capital.
Chief Bolarinwa Adetula, the President of National Palm Producers Association of Nigeria, NPPAN, applauded the APC/Buhari’s program and policies on agriculture, especially the ban on importation of some agricultural produce and the ‘no waivers’ order of the President on some locally-cultivated produce. He appealed to President Buhari not to change his policies on agriculture, now and in the nearest future, especially the restrictions order, so as to build a sustainable agricultural base for the nation’s growing teaming population that may hit over 300 million in year 5050.
Chief Adetula accused some ‘cabal importers’, who specialize on importation of substandard agricultural produce (like Congeal Palm Oil, popularly called TAKO)of lobbying the National Assembly (Senate) to veto the President to lift the ban and grant waivers, for their selfish interest and maximum profits, at the expense of the health of Nigerians and the economy. Some of these products are dangerous to health, as against the locally refined Palm oil. Our palm oil has been rated one of the best in the world with 5% Free Fatty Acid (FFA).
In his reaction, the APC Publicity Secretary, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya said, the policy had really encouraged people to really invest in agriculture, and those farmers who had abandoned their farms had gone back to rejuvenate it. The prices and demand for agricultural produce had really encouraged farmers as they are now accorded the needed respect and attention, unlike what was obtainable in the past.
He said, the incoming government of APC in the state, is going to give more attention to agriculture, which many believe is the bedrock of any nation endowed with arable land as we have in Ondo State. Ondo State is known for two major agricultural produce; Cocoa and Oil Palm. The statistics at our disposal shows that, seventy thousand(70,000) Hectares, which is about two hundred and fifty thousand (250,000) Acres, which about thirty percent (30%) of arable land in the state are used for Oil Palm Plantation, (both government and private farms).
This is a huge investment, which could take care of unemployment and increase the revenue base of the state, if properly harnessed by paying and placing necessary attention and priority to it. Adesanya therefore advised the good people of Ondo state to cultivate the habit of subsistence farming to reduce personal expenditure and hunger.