The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) is wooing the Federal Government to revive the pre/post budget dinner it used to have with the organised private sectorÂ in years past.
Speaking on behalf of the OPS, the National Vice President of the Association,Â Iyalode Alaba Lawson, said the revival of the pre and post budget dinnerÂ is crucial as the platform enabled them to make inputs to the budget as well as proffer waysÂ to implement the budget thrusts to grow the economy.
Alaba Lawson, who is also the Cchairperson of NACCIMA Women Group, said they believe only mechanised farming, commercial agriculture can ensure food security in the country. â€œWe have to look at the western nations and see how they practice agriculture and borrow a leaf from them so that we can make progress in agriculture and be able to feed our people. A nation that can feed its people is a wise and capable nation,â€ she said.
She, therefore, called on government to call a meeting of the farmers and NACCIMA to look into ways to properly fund agriculture and make agricultural production competitive, adding that the nation must aim to concentrate efforts on crops it has comparable advantage.
She recalled that the golden years of Nigeriaâ€™s economy were the old days of the cocoa and groundnut pyramids in the West and Northern Nigeria and oil palm produce in the Eastern part of the country .
â€œIf Nigeria can really practice real mechanized agriculture, the nation will not only catch up on the good old days but stand to earn more foreign currency from agricultural produce than it currently earns from crude oil,â€ she affirmed.