With international demand of agriculture commodities having increased in the recent years, FACAN has introduced programmes aimed to help small and medium scale farmers and entrepreneurs in Nigeria to take advantage of this new lucrative markets. Our farmers and businessmen accordingly, lack the knowledge, skills and resource to cultivate and sell the commodities.
With growing demand for commodities for export, farmers face traditional challenges of establishing commercial links with domestic exports and international buyers. These difficulties informed the intervention of FACAN.
INCREASED PRODUCTION AND QUALITY
FACAN has been collaborating with Research Institutes, Agencies and State Agricultural Development Programme Offices on how farmers can increase agricultural commodities production and quality through seed distribution and extension support. FACAN, through the Associations work with Agriculture Development Programme Extension Workers to identify new production zones, attracts new farmers, distribute and sell seeds and provide information on improved cultivation and harvesting information techniques through training the trainers.
TRAINING PRODUCERS AND INFORMATION DISSEMINATION
Annual meetings with farmers in the industry called Pre-Harvest are recognized to help farmers aggregate their individual harvest into exportable quality and to elect delegates who represents them at a larger forum of local buyers/sellers meeting in collaboration with Nigeria Export Promotion Council. FACAN and NEPC use the Pre-Harvest meetings to educate producers about market dynamics, negotiating tactics and price trends.
Buyers-sellers’ meetings are organized in major producing states to facilitates fair negotiation among the different participants and to stimulate competition among buyers of agricultural commodities where demand outstrips supply.
We also organize representatives from buyers to meet with local producers group and negotiate price contract terms which the commodity has to offer.
AGRICULTURAL LOANS AND INPUT MANAGEMENT
FACAN assists farmers to source for agricultural loans at a reasonable rate and give the support as follow:
a) Contract farming model
b) Formation of farmers in cooperative Groups.
c) Sensitization of the cooperative Groups via their emirate councils or any respected institution within their communities.
d) Capacity building on farm, processing, marketing and loan management.
e) Loan disbursement.
f) Farm inspection and quality management.
g) Buy back arrangement with the Cooperative Farmers Groups.
h) Loan documentation for the farmers.
i) Good recovery and loan repayment.
RE-POSITIONING OF AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES ASSOCIATIONS
Apart from the formation of national apex Commodity Associations one other major mandate of FACAN is to reposition Agricultural Commodity Associations so as to meet present day challenges. This exercise, like the formation of associations, is a continuous one.
The following are examples of Associations that were in comatose but are now better repositioned playing very active roles:
a) National Coffee and Tea Association of Nigeria.
b) National Shea Products Association of Nigeria.
c) National Cotton Associational of Nigeria.
d) National Palm Produce Association of Nigeria.
e) Nigeria Cassava Growers Association
f) Federation of Beekeepers Association of Nigeria
g) Nigeria Soyabeans Association.
h) Hides and Skin Dealers Association of Nigeria.
formation of national apex association for agricultural commodities
Realizing the need to organize all stakeholders in commodities i.e. producers, farmers, growers, processors and marketers, indeed all players in the value chain, FACAN in collaboration with relevant MDAs, have successfully formed the following Associations:
a) National Fish Association of Nigeria [NFAN].
b) National Groundnut Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
c) Cowpea/Beans Growers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
d) Federation of Snail Farmers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
e) Kenaf Producers, Processors and Marketers Association Nigeria.
f) Neem Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
g) National Mushroom Association of Nigeria.
h) National Pepper Producers, Processor and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
i) National Timber Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria
j) National Sunflower Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
k) National Pumpkin Producers, Processors, and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
l) National Mangoes Producers, Processors, and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
m) National Yam Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
n) National Association for Sorghum Producers, Processors and Marketers Association of Nigeria.
o) National Banana and Plantain Producers, Processors & Marketers Association of Nigeria.
p) National Sheep and Goat Development Association of Nigeria.