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Rep laments poor state of agric

By Tordue Salem

ABUJA—Rep. Gbenga Makanjuola, a member of the House of Representatives from Kwara State, has lamented the deplorable state of the country’s agriculture sector.

The lawmaker who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture said: “There is little or nothing to show for more than N100 billion invested in the sector in the last three years as many Nigerians are still hungry.’’

According to Makanjuola,  his committee almost suspended appropriation for the sector in the 2010 budget.

“But if we go that way, several sub-sectors within the agricultural sector will suffer set back and this informed our decision not to toe that line of action,’’ he said.

He blamed poor state of the sector on problems of implementation of some agricultural programmes by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources.

“The minister of agriculture agreed that there were some lapses and sought for an in-house dialogue with the members of the committee.

“We hope by the time we put all this questions on the table he (minister) would be able to give feedback to Nigerians on what is happening,’’ Makanjuola said.

He said members of his committee were informed by officials of the ministry that agriculture was a long term investment whose outcome would take some time to manifest.


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