Lack of up-to-date information is a very big challenge facing Nigeria’s agricultural sector, the Food And Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, and other donor agencies have said.
Experts made the observation on Friday when they gathered for a one-day consultative meeting, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
This, among other challenges, they said have caused low foreign and local investment in the country’s agricultural sector.
Other participants at the meeting include personnel from the Central Bank of Nigeria, World Bank, NIMET, Famine Early Warning Systems Network, USAID, ECOWAS, NBS, amongst others.
FAO’s Country Representative for Nigeria, Mr Suffyan Koroma, explained that lack of an adequate database to work with had continued to retard the growth of agribusiness in the country.
According to Koroma, departments in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development usually submit conflicting data which often distorted planning and management processes.
The FAO representative, therefore, called for political will and right investment in order to move agriculture forward in Nigeria.
He said, “FAO recommends that each country globally should carry out Agric census every 10 years and most countries have been complying with the directive. The last time Nigeria had her own was in 1994.”
Koroma highlighted data an indicator for monitoring and evaluation for effective measuring and tracking implementation performance of all projects and action plan for development.
Others participants at the Friday meeting also reiterated the importance of reliable data for improving the agro-sector.
This, they said, is key to sustaining the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to reposition Nigeria’s agricultural sector to its former glory as the country’s economic mainstay.
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