Grain Marketers Association of Nigeria expressed concern over influx of foreign grains into the country urging the federal government to strengthen import laws to save indigenous agricultural products.
Kaduna State Chairman of the Association, Alhaji Haruna Pambegwa made the call in Kaduna during an interactive session at the office of a World Bank Project known as APPEALS.
He said more Nigerians have embraced farming as a business enterprise but lamented poor patronage by manufacturing companies both within and outside the country.
Alhaji Haruna who also appealed for effective price control policy in the country explained that meeting with the APPEALS officials was to present their issues to discover areas of intervention.
Responding, State coordinator of APPEALS, Dr. Yahaya Aminu explained that Federal Government has put in place several measures to improve agricultural production and protect local farmers adding that the farmers experienced low patronage due to low quality food products.
He explained that the World Bank Project was collaborating with Federal Government to address the issues through training of the farmers towards improving quality of agricultural products in the country to meet international standards.