Farmer production costs increase by 70% on tariffs

Experts, including farmers, have said that the duties to be paid on imported agricultural products are partly responsible for the rise in production costs for the sector’s players by up to 70% over the past two years.

In a conversation with The punch In Lagos on Sunday, the president of the Lagos branch of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Femi Oke, said levies to be paid on the importation of agricultural inputs were hurting the sector.

“The increase in the cost of importing agricultural products is not really encouraging at all. We believe the federal government should waive all levies and taxes on agricultural imports. It would solve a lot of problems. These things have an effect of about 70% on agricultural products and also on agricultural import taxes.

Also speaking, the Vice President of Lagos, AFAN, Mr. Shakin Agbayewa, stressed the need for the country to start producing most of its daily needs instead of relying entirely on imports.

He said the over-reliance on imports of agricultural products and inputs greatly affects the country.

“Wheat is one of the most consumed commodities in Nigeria and 90% of wheat is imported into the country. Why can’t we start growing wheat in the land? Now, not many people are getting into importing wheat into Nigeria, which prevents us from planting the product. Today the countries from where we import wheat are at war and we can no longer bring wheat back into the country,” he said, noting that the country should take advantage of the current opportunities in the wheat market. wheat by cultivating the crop.

Meanwhile, AFAN President Kabir Ibrahim said the raw materials used to blend the fertilizers were imported, which was one of the main reasons for the high cost of agricultural products in the country.

Ibrahim, who identified the high cost of fertilizer as a major challenge for farmers, identified insecurity as another challenge.

The director general of the Center for Promoting Private Enterprise, Dr Muda Yusuf, said farmers should not talk about wheat and sugar duties, but need to focus more on the cost of imported inputs.

“Farmers shouldn’t be talking about wheat and sugar duties. What they should talk about is the cost of imported inputs like agrochemicals and machinery. They can’t complain about paying high import duties on wheat because they’re supposed to plant it, not import it. Farmers should take advantage of high import duties. That should be in their favor, but if you’re talking about inputs, specifically fertilizers, agrochemicals, and farm machinery, then those things should actually be zero duty. And I think there is a tariff concession on these things. Ideally, the government should completely waive duties on agrochemicals and agricultural equipment.

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