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Experts identify problems with agric devt

By Abdulwahab Abdulah & Tosin Adejuwon

LAGOS—Prominent Nigerians yesterday declared that unless something urgent was done, there would be food crisis in the country.

Addressing problems confronting “agriculture and food crisis in Nigeria,” at a two-day colloquium organised by the Newswatch Communications in Lagos, agricultural experts, representatives of government and private organisations admitted that attempts by previous administrations to create an enabling agricultural policy on farming and agriculture have failed.

They agreed that inconsistency in government policy on agricultural development in the country over the years has been one of the major problems confronting the sector.

To this end, they said the time is now for the government and all stakeholders to create an enabling environment for agricultural development in the country.

Chief Executive of  Newswatch, Mr. Ray Ekpu, in his address said: “Nigerians still regarded agriculture as a vocation for the illiterates in the rural areas who have nothing better to do.

He said the lack of mechanised farming is  worrisome. Beside, he argued that corruption which has been a serious problem in the country has not left agriculture untouched.

The Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, who was represented by his Commissioner for Information, Mr. Omah Jeba, argued that the ever- increasing cost of agricultural input and technology constituted serious threat to the adoption of improved agricultural outputs in the country.

Chairman of the occasion, Professor Francis Idachaba, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Kogi State University, said peasant farmers were not getting the necessary attention from the government.


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