Nigeria reiterates commitment to increased productivity in agriculture

A farmland

The National Council of Agriculture meeting held in Abeokuta.

The Federal Government has said it is committed to ensuring increased productivity in the agriculture sector through the adoption of the value chain approach.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ibukun Odusote, said this on Wednesday in Abeokuta at the 40th National Council on Agriculture, with the theme ‘From Farm to Table.’

She observed that the introduction of reforms in the management of inputs delivery and marketing of agricultural produce could also help in achieving this objective. She said the national council on agriculture is an avenue for stakeholders to review and direct agricultural policies to meet its main mandate of ensuring food security.

Mrs. Odusote stressed that the meeting was coming at a time when the Federal Government was pursuing transformation agenda in the sector.

“The task before us is enormous as we gather to share experiences arising from the policy implementation and chart a new course for the sector,” she said.

She added that the challenge before the sector was easier as the Federal Government had introduced some policies that could ensure food security in the country. She said that the meeting was expected to develop an Implementation Action Plan towards actualising the Federal Government’s short, medium and long term food security goals.

Mrs. Odusote said that it would also enable stakeholders the opportunity to review past policies in the sector in order to create the desired impacts.

“A cursory look at the programme for this meeting shows that we have a lot of work to do within a very limited time.

”This calls for extra commitments and purposefulness on our part, if the agenda must be exhausted to achieve the essence of this meeting,” Mrs. Odusote said.

She argued that the national council meeting had made impacts on the sector such as the reform on fertiliser procurement and distribution.

In her remarks, Ronke Sokefun, the Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said the economy of the state would be boosted through agriculture. She explained that the drive to boost the economy through agriculture was expressed in the third cardinal programme of the state government.

”The third cardinal programme is ”increased agricultural production and industrialisation with a view to ensuring food security.

”This is in line with the Federal Government’s agricultural transformation initiatives to re-position the nation’s economy,” Mrs. Sokefun said.

The 5-day meeting will also feature technical sessions and tour of places of interest in the state.

(NAN)


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