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Stakeholders want private sectors investment in Agriculture

Stakeholders in the Agriculture sector says hunger and poverty can only be addressed in the country with the collaboration of government and private sectors investments in the Agriculture.

They stated this in Lagos at a Consultative meeting aimed at discussing relevant inputs to the 2019 Agriculture Budget ahead of its preparation.

The Director programmes, Actionaid Nigeria, Mrs Tasala Chibok, said, addressing financial gaps in the agriculture sector will scale up food production and economic growth of the nation.

One other factor that was posing a threat to food security in the country could be attributed to herder and farmers clashes in some parts of the country.

The Head Influencing, and Public Engagement of an International Non-Governmental Organization Oxfam in Nigeria, Mr Abdulazeez Musa recommended that the herder and farmers clashes could be contained by tackling climate change in the country.

The two-day meeting was aimed at deliberating on the African Heads of States agreement to allocate ten per cent budget to the agriculture sector, otherwise known as the Malabo declaration.

one of the world’s largest economic growth rates, a majority of the citizens are still faced with the challenges of hunger and poverty.

For instance, available statistics show that the poverty level in the country at over thirty per cent.

With the commitment to the agriculture sector, farmers and civil society organization say these problems are surmountable.

In spite of the fact, that the Federal Government had taken steps to revamp the sector through its Anchor borrowers and inputs programmes, the National President of the Small-scale women farmers’ organization of Nigeria, Mrs. Mary Afan expressed regrets that farmers could not access the initiatives early enough.

Other participants at the forum also advised the government to respect its regional commitment of allocating ten per cent of its budget to the agriculture sector to meet the target of reducing poverty by half in the country by 2025.

 

Bose Ijelekkhai, Radio Nigeria

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