The senator representing Abia North senatorial district, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu has called on the federal government to make available funds for farmers to can and process their produce for domestic use and export.
The federal lawmaker while contributing to a Bill at the floor of the senate expressed regret that the Bank of Agriculture has for long remained dormant without living up to its mandate.
He therefore called for the immediate recapitalization of the Bank of Agriculture to extend facilities and loans to agriculture.
ABN TV reports, Sen. Kalu, a former Abia governor noted that it is important for the federal government to as a matter of urgency to extend a mini-industry scheme that will process cash crops such as cashew, cassava, groundnut and others produced in Nigeria for food preservation and economic growth.
He expressed displeasure that during his tenure as Abia governor in 2006, a lot of agriculture produces, including cassava recorded a significant waste because they were neither locally used or exported.
Sen. Kalu also called for immediate commencement of the use of silos built across the country by the former minister of Agriculture, Abba Ruma.
According to Kalu, such silos have consistently remained idle without anyone making use of them, saying he has personally applied to use one of them to process palm kernels but was denied access.
He said building mini industries and agricultural plant is very necessary to curb food wastage in Nigeria.
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