In a bid to extensively deliberate on the 2019 agriculture budget, ActionAid Nigeria, in partnership with the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the ECOWAS Commission, have invited agriculture stakeholders in the country for a consultative conference.
The ActionAid Country Director, Mrs Ene Obi, expressed hope that the conference would facilitate conversation amongst key stakeholders and citizens on the issue of budgetary allocation to Nigerian agriculture in the coming fiscal year.
The meeting is billed to hold at the Swiss International D’Palms Hotel in Lagos from the 25th to the 26th of June, 2018.
Other issues to be discussed are targets for the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), and the government’s intentions for the Agriculture Promotion Policy.
According to Mrs Obi, the meeting will further determine the validity of the National Agricultural Investment Plan 2 (NAIP2), and create more programmes to help Nigeria achieve food security, wealth creation and deliverables within the continental CAADP Results Framework.
It will also enable the country to effectively prepare and submit its biennial reports to the African Union Heads of States and Government, in line with the Malabo Declaration and Commitments of 2014.
The government had earlier identified three key programmes for implementation in the agricultural sector between 2018-2020, including doubling productivity and improving access to export markets in order to improve the sector.
However, opinions from stakeholders have suggested that these objectives are unachievable as long as the current low budgetary allocation to agriculture still stands.