October 30, 2003
Africa's Nigerian Soyabeans Association Call On Farmers To Raise Soybean Production
The newly inaugurated leadership of Africa's Nigerian Soyabeans Association (NSA), has called on farmers in the country to embark on mass production of soyabeans, to facilitate export opportunities.
The NSA through its president, Col. R. V. I. Asom (rtd) told newsmen at the end of its 14th Annual Conference in Makurdi, Benue State that it has improved the price per bag of the crop as well as created a ready market for producers of the commodity.
While urging Nigerians particularly the youths to go into farming with high premium on soyabeans, Col. Asom appealed for further financial support from the government in order to energise the youths into farming.
Also in a communique issued at the end of the annual conference attended by all stakeholders including scientists, farmers, students, industrialists, extension workers and policy makers, the NSA noted that though there has been recent expansion in soyabeans production in the country. However the full potential has not been realised due to several constraints, which includes inadequate input supply and poor delivery lack of adequate institutional micro-credit support, lack of appropriate production and post harvest processing machinery to remove associated drudge as well as outbreak of pest and diseases.
They also decried low capacity utilisation of industries using soyabeans as raw materials as well as lack of awareness and inadequate extension of available technologies.
Col. Asom and secretary general Mr. James A. Ker signed the agreement.
The communique therefore made a five-point recommendation to the government including re-invigoration of research programmes by way of funding the agricultural research institutes as well as establishment of cottage industries to boost domestic soyabeans production.