Stakeholders in the agriculture sector have called for standard weight and measure for rice, cassava and other produce, describing them as critical tools needed to grow the nation’s economy and agriculture value chain,
They made the call during a policy dialogue on standard weight and measure for cassava and rice value chains in Awka, Anambra state, South- East Nigeria .
The meeting was organised by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)-assisted Value Chain Development Programme (VCDP).
Mr. Ken Ukaoha, lead Consultant on Weights and Measure to IFAD-VCDP stated that standard weight and measure across the country would ensure that people had value for their money.
In his remarks, National Programme Coordinator of IFAD-VCDP, Mr. Amen Onoja appealed to the Anambra Government for support in ensuring total implementation and compliance.
On his part, Mr. Afam Mbanefo, the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Mechanisation, Processing and Export, said the state government is working to ensure that rice farmers comply with weight and measure regulation.
Also, the state Commissioner for Trade and Commerce, Mr. Christian Mmadubuko noted that standardisation would restore confidence and trust among farmers, traders and consumers.