Awka – The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Anambra has expressed concern over the late distribution of fertilisers to farmers in the state.
The Chairman, Chief Dan Maduka, who spoke with newsmen in Awka, yesterday blamed the government for allegedly neglecting farmers in the state.
â€œThe distribution of fertilisers when we have already started harvesting shows that the state government is not interested in developing the agricultural sector,â€ he said.
Maduka alleged that the sale of the product had been taken over by middlemen and that government was not interested in the direct sale of the input to farmers.
â€œFarmers in the North and South-West received fertilisers during the croppingÂ season and it is the same Federal Government that supplied them,â€ he said.
The chairman described as unacceptable the state governmentâ€™s explanation that the late arrival of the commodity in the state was beyond its control.
Maduka said that since other parts of the country got the commodity in good time, Anambra should not be different.
Governor Peter Obi kicked-off the distribution of the commodity in the state, last week, apologising to farmers for its late arrival and distribution.
He told the farmers that the availability of fertilisers in good time was beyond the stateâ€™s control since it rested on the Federal Government and implored them to bear with his administration.