Stakeholders in Nigeria’s agricultural sector have emphasised the need for agricultural extension services to improve the nation’s agric sector.
The stakeholders made this known at the just concluded Feed Nigeria Summit held recently at Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja.
According to the stakeholders, small holder’s farmers especially in the rural areas should be guided and educated by the extension officers on the best farming practices to be adopted to ensure high yield.
“Extension services should be extended to small holder famers, especially in the rural areas to increase their yield and productivity” they said
They further clamoured for public-private engagement to first create and deliver know-how to farmers especially those in the rural areas.
“Off takers, aggregators and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector need to work more with small-holder farmers. The ministry of Finance needs to begin” they said
The stakeholders who stressed that “any country that cannot feed itself is a failed country urged the government to implement industry-changing policies across other sectors asides rice farming”.
They also advised government to draw up plans to motivate unemployed, educated youths to get into agriculture as they are the future of any country.
They added that ‘’Mentorship program need to be encouraged for the teeming youth population”
The Feed Nigeria Summit 2018 tagged “Consolidating the Growth”was organised by AgroNigeria between July 30-31, 2018 at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja with support from African Development Bank (AfDB), Triton Group, Stallion Group, Notore Plc, Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN), Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Fullmark and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
The annual summit is a platform for policy and strategic deliberations with a view to expanding Nigeria’s Argo-momentum in areas of comparative advantage to maximize its agricultural potentials.
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