By Julius Ngubuluk
An NGO, Madison Development Partners (MDP) has launched a new magazine with the Theme “Nigerian Harvest” to educate Nigerian youths more on agriculture in every part of the country.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vision of this quarterly magazine is to gather and serve the reading public with news about promising agricultural and rural development initiatives.
It also aims to tell success stories that impact or have impacted lives and livelihoods of Nigerians.
The NGO, while launching the magazine in Abuja, charged the government and all private sectors to galvanise efforts to support and provide Nigerians with useful information on agriculture that will enable abundant harvest in the country.
Mr Godson Ononiwu, the Publisher/Editor-in-chief of the magazine noted that the objectives and the vision of the magazine were to share knowledge and information on food and agriculture which touches the lives and livelihood of Nigerians currently.
Ononiwu said that development implied change, adding that change was the product of decision-based on the information.
“That is why all actions in the agriculture value chains continually need and consume information to enable them to make progress.
“Over time, we find out that agriculture is being relegated, but now many people are pouring into agriculture hence the publishing of this magazine.
“In the past few decades, so many programs on agriculture development have been instituted by the government and individuals with varying degrees of success.
“Some of them failed, while some others succeeded but unfortunately, many of them passed- off due to poor publicity or lack of media attention.
“This magazine therefore hopes to transmute from Nigeria harvest into African Harvest not too long from now as predicted by a well-wisher, “he said.
Ononiwu who is also a former Director, United States Agency for National Development (USAID), MARKETS Project assured Nigerians that the magazine would not only educate people on food and agriculture alone but will also help to transform the narratives of Nigeria news on agriculture in the country.
“Agriculture and rural news do not usually make headlines of popular print or electronic media because they are not hot news or hard news.
“The vision of the Magazine “Nigerian Harvest” is to fill this gap through gathering and serving the reading public promising agricultural development initiatives as well as success stories that will impact on lives and livelihood of Nigerians.
Also speaking, Prof. Joy Ogwu, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the event said that the survival of any Nation state was dependent on food security.
“That is why this platform is so vital because food security is what sustains the power of a nation.
“Without enough food, we will have conflicts and that’s war,” she said.
Ogwu who was also Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations noted that
the younger generation felt that agriculture was slow in its rewards.
She, however, urged the youths to look at the vitality of agriculture in the national interest.
“Over the years we have heard of efforts being made not only by the government but especially individuals to ensure that there is adequate food security.
“So, I want to urge Nigerians who would like to venture into agriculture to use this magazine as a guide and a golden opportunity,” she added.