The Gombe State Government, on Thursday, indicated interest to mop up excess food items to ensure continuous supply chain at affordable prices.
According to the Commissioner for Agriculture, Mohammed Getado, the government can only buy excess food when the prices are affordable to prevent hike in agricultural commodities.
Getado stated this during a media parley to commemorate 24 years of the creation of the state and Nigeria’s 60th independence anniversary, which was chaired by the Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Njodi.
The commissioner said, “The government intends to buy the excess farm produce but if the prices are much, the government may not come in to buy.
“This is because as soon as the government comes in, the prices may go up, whereas the farmers and the public may continue to complain; but if the prices are low, the government will buy the excess to keep and later sell to the masses.”
“We are calling on our farmers to desist from selling their produce on the farm despite the good offers; they are just being deceived by outsiders because there are a number of states that are unable to farm this year due to the security situation,” the commissioner added.