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Call to halt planned increase of produce payment to relieve Kogi cashew farmers and buyers

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A warning has been raised by Kogi State farmers and buyers, representing the Farmers Forum of Nigeria, regarding the proposed increase in produce payment from ₦30,000 to ₦90,000.

They have appealed to Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi State to intervene and halt the implementation of multiple taxation, which they fear will lead to the state being ridiculed.

In a statement issued by spokesperson Barrister Ibrahim Adam, the Forum expressed the urgent need for the state government to eliminate the suffocating burden of multiple taxation on them.

The forum also urged President Bola Tinubu to instruct the Ministry of Agriculture to address the issue of multiple taxation, as they are struggling to cope with the escalating financial strains.

The Farmers Forum, established by concerned farmers aiming to enhance the farming system and reinstate agriculture as a foundation for communal and individual wealth, emphasizes the significance of standardizing agriculture in Nigeria.

According to the statement, the Produce Inspection Department (PID) in Kogi State imposes the highest inspection fee in the country at ₦30,000 per truck, while other states charge considerably lower fees.

They presented a breakdown of the varying inspection fees across different states, highlighting the stark contrast with Kogi State’s charges.

Furthermore, the statement detailed the various levies imposed on cashew buyers in Kogi State, revealing the significant financial burdens they are subject to.

Adam urged the government to immediately eradicate the prevalence of multiple taxes, emphasizing the detrimental impact it has on the state’s reputation.

The statement further implored Ododo’s government to reconsider their plans to impose additional taxes on cashew products, as it contradicts the principles of ease of doing business and impedes the prosperity of farmers and investors.

According to Adams, the imposition of additional levies during the cashew season exacerbates the financial strain on cashew farmers and traders.

He highlighted the need for federal government intervention to address the situation, as the levies are causing undue hardship for the majority of cashew farmers and traders in Kogi State.

The plea also emphasized Kogi State’s need to align with the approach of other cashew-producing states, such as Enugu, Niger, Edo, Benue, and Nasarawa States.

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