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Gov. Aregbesola Calls for Ban on Export of Primary Farm Produce

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Rauf Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has called for a ban on the export of primary farm produce as part of strategies to ensure food sufficiency in the country.

Aregbesola made the call in Osogbo on Sunday in a statement he issued by his media aide, Semiu Okanlawon.

The governor opined that the ban would enhance the value chains of the nation’s agricultural investments.

He also urged government to fashion out measures that would make agriculture to be attractive to a new generation of young Nigerians.

He noted that this would be viable option towards economic diversification, adding that Nigeria had yet to show serious efforts towards making farming a viable venture.

“We should stop exporting primary produce and start adding value. The value of a kilogram of exported cocoa beans increases 5,000% by the time it comes back as chocolate,” the governor said.

Aregbesola said the nation’s agriculture must be directed towards producing what the country needs and not what it could only export.

“The orientation of our agriculture towards producing raw materials, especially cash crops, for the industries in Europe and the Americas must be reversed.

Agriculture is needed primarily for food production; only well fed people can drive economic development.

Good nutrition is the primary basis of good health which drives productivity and energy,” he said.

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7 Comments

  1. Joe

    August 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    This Man is a fool, he is just JEALOUS of those who are getting more resources from Agriculture he want every body to be subjected to their will, coming to FG to beg so they can control every body, nonsense Gov

    • Bimbo

      August 7, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      What he is saying 8s we should add value to produce before we export. Makes so much sense
      As he said it adds value to the production chain, creates jobs and products sell for higher than selling them as raw material. This is one.9f the ways oyinbo people cheat us. Get our raw materials for cheap , add value and send it back to us at exorbitant rates. How is he a fool for advocating for this???

    • Femi

      August 7, 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Where are the infrastructures to process the raw farm produce before export? While waiting for the infrastructures, what should employers who earn income from exporting such products fall back to?? what would become the fate of the employees who earn income from working in those firm?? what would happen to their families?? do u know that the country earn foreign currency from such trades?? so on so forth. Can u see the multiplier effects??
      Confused, self-centered, moron, unreasonable governor, pushing the cart before the horse.
      Go and fix your deplored, dilapidated state first.

    • Ba

      August 7, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      You exported raw products worth $3.7million whereas with a little patience, the products should have worth $115million. Who’s the fool?

    • I_I

      August 8, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Lol. Go and ask MultiTrex that tried to diversify from merely exporting cocoa to processing it into chocolate how they have fared . . . oh, that’s right, they are presently under AMCON receivership. You think this environment is favorable to ‘adding value’

  2. Nne

    August 8, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Why is this the constant refrain from leaders and policy experts in Nigeria? So we ban imports and exports abi? To add value to agric products dont you need electricity to power your factory? Do we have power? Mtchewwww critical thinking and problem solving remains zero.

  3. shield

    August 8, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Oh Nigeria my country. One step at a time people. Let’s increase our rate of export and gain more buyers, forex and possible investments. Then, we can concentrate on providing adequate infrastructure to add value to our agricultural products. This talk of adding value/processing our agric products before exportation will be impossible without funds, power, good transportation, etc. Government should not ban exportation till it has provided enabling environment/policies for local production. One step at a time I say.

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