From Chidi Asonye, Umuahia
Inadequate food storage facilities and improper book keeping have been identified as factors that will militate against stability in the prices of food items across the country, Chief Uzoma Nwaogwugwu, Chairman of Abia State Apex of Farmers Cooperative Society LTD, AFCOSOL has stated in a chat in Umuahia.
Nwaogwugwu who spoke shortly after the meeting of farmers in Umuahia, Abia State, said inadequate provisions of storage facilities and proper processing of perishable produce, account for huge waste of farm produce which are often wasted after harvest.
While decrying a situation whereby a farmer after toiling from cultivation to harvesting ends up with low profit and at times incurring huge loss after sales, Nwaogwugwu who is currently in contest for the President, National Apex of Farmers Cooperative Societies Ltd, NANFACOS assured that he will expose Nigerian farmers to the rudiments of book keeping, to improve productivity, if elected president and make them to realize their full potentials with current Agricultural techniques and best practices.
According to him, agricultural operations are much more modern and business-oriented and a successful farmer needs to be good producer and financial manager; keeping accurate farm records and establishing and maintaining a proven record keeping system.
On the 611 billion naira promise to Nigerian farmers as Palliative by President Muhammadu Buhari, Nwaogwugwu expressed optimism that the money will soon be released to the association shortly after the election, while urging members to meet up with the requirements needed to benefit from the gesture, to improve productivity.