Min­istry trains co­op­er­a­tives on ware­hous­ing

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Olayemi R. Ibrahim

The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment has com­menced train­ing of co­op­er­a­tives mem­bers on how to store farm pro­duce.

The Di­rec­tor of Co­op­er­a­tives Dr. Dick­son Okoro who made this known in Abuja, said the sys­tem would pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for farm­ers to dis­pose of their pro­duce prof­itably.

“The Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture is al­ready train­ing co­op­er­a­tives, par­tic­u­larly the apex ones, and we are sit­ting on the com­mit­tee co­or­di­nat­ing it to en­sure its suc­cess. “Farm­ers have to know how to dis­pose of their pro­duce prof­itably and the ware­house re­ceipt sys­tem pro­vides op­por­tu­nity for them to do so,” he said.

Okoro said they have iden­ti­fied lo­ca­tions that were able and will­ing to re­ceive their pro­duce and also is­sue re­ceipts that are of value with the pro­duce they are send­ing to the stores.

He also said the re­ceipt could also al­low the farm­ers to ac­cess loans from des­ig­nated banks to fund their busi­ness.

Okoro said that the Federal Govern­ment also in­tended to make the sys­tem to be prac­ticed by both the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors to al­low for healthy com­pe­ti­tion.

“This sys­tem will not be mo­nop­o­lised by any in­di­vid­ual, what we need is a healthy com­pe­ti­tion so that the farm­ers will have more chances to ben­e­fit from the ser­vices,” he said.

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