Agric dealers create team to address unethical behaviour
Dealers of agricultural inputs established a compliance monitoring team on Thursday in an effort to address the persistent instances of malpractice in the distribution and sale of agricultural commodities around the country.
The PUNCH reported that the task force was introduced in Abuja by operators working under the Nigeria Agro Input Dealers Association, who gave the group the directive to end any instances of round-tripping of agricultural supplies, especially fertilizers.
The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, recently criticized the behaviour of agricultural dealers in the just finished dry season wheat cropping scheme about the round-tripping of fertilizers by certain operators.
The President of NAIDA, Kabiru Fara, stated, “As we all know, human beings everywhere are bound to always want to cut corners, and that is why laws/punishments are established in statute books to address these behavioural patterns accordingly.
“This compliance monitoring team is being established in each of the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory with the intention of addressing the malpractice in light of the fact that some of us are guilty of these malpractices in the sales and distribution of agricultural inputs.”
The President of NAIDA, pledged to self-regulate the in order to significantly lessen the workload of the Ministry of Agriculture, the official government regulator.
Input suppliers and end users, who are primarily farmers, are primarily connected through agro dealers.
Agro dealers have a stronger ability to contact farmers with agro inputs such seeds, fertilisers, crop protection goods, farm implements, and extension services.
According to Fara, NAIDA has been working hard to provide farmers in Nigeria with affordable, easily accessible, and high-quality agricultural inputs.
The goal of doing this is to improve their wellbeing and ensuring food security for all across the country