FG TO SUSPEND IMPORTATION OF MAIZE – FARMERS PUAH OMOKHUALE The Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) Tuesday, pleads the Federal Government (FG) for a ban in the Importation of maize into the country. The group’s national coordinator, Mr. Redson Tedheke stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja. He said that the suspension of the import will help protect local farmers and encourage massive production of maize. According to Mr. Redson Tedheke, the unchecked importation of maize remains a major threat to the local production and the President Muhammadu Buhari’s agricultural drive. He explained the fact that local farmers must be protected to invest more, so that Nigeria could become self sufficient in the production of maize. In his very words “The Federal Government would have to set an urgent time scale to ensure that maize is not imported within months, just as it was done with rice. “You cannot tell people to go to farm and massively import the same thing they conveniently produce. This is an insincerity of purpose, and so, we urge the government to stop the importation of maize, so as to help Nigerian farmers. “The NFGCS has 2,000 hectares of maize farm across the nation, and it is still cultivating more,” he added. The group’s national coordinator noted that some Agro-business firms operating in Nigeria are importing large quantities of maize at relatively ‘low landing cost’, he puts it. He also added that though maize is not on the Nigeria’s import prohibition list, but there is a need to check the excessive importation, so as to protect local producers in their quest of growing the economy from within.