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How To Truly Revolutionize Agriculture In Nigeria – Minister

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Mustapha Shehuri has said that the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy (NATIP), is the best way to improve and revolutionize Agricultural mechanisation in the country.

Speaking today, December 17, at the national validation exercise of the draft NATIP 2022 to 2025, in Abuja, the Minister said that the policy would also enhance access to improved inputs and linkages among research and teaching institutions as well as boosting extension service delivery.

“This draft National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy will create access to finance and ensure security of agricultural land and other investments that are Agro-based.

”The thematic issue in this policy framework include stakeholders’ synergy, knowledge creation and transfer, private sector driven mechanisation, commodity value-chain development.

”Also, land and climate management, agricultural financing and appropriate strategies have been highlighted for smooth implementation.

”The strategies have been re-defined to also focus on the establishment of cottage industries and agro-processing zones for priority commodities, establishment of functional models of Ranches, Grazing reserves, Integrated meat and dairy processing facilities.

”It also gives adequate attention to the Fisheries Value Chain particularly the artisanal Fisheries with the aim of reducing the import to meet domestic consumption.

”The approach adopted by the Ministry to achieve sector policy of ensuring National Agricultural development is through commodity value chain across the Crops, Livestock and Fishery sub-sectors.

”As well as through investments in Rural Infrastructure, Research technologies, Credit  access, Climate adaptation, Mechanization, Storage facilities, Extension services, Agro input and Processing plants.

” These are fundamental and basic issues on Agriculture that have been appropriately dealt with in the new Policy.”

Shehuri said that the Federal Government has been developing agricultural policies and strategies from Operation Feed the Nation in mid 70s to Green Revolution in the early 80s.

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He said that the National programme for Food Security and the recent Agricultural Transformation Agenda and Agricultural Promotion Policy were aimed at ensuring Food and Nutrition security, Wealth and Job creation in the country.

”This  validation exercise is a platform for sharing experiences and making input into the draft NATIP.

”The forum will enable stakeholders to understand the policy direction seamlessly towards economic diversification, food security and wealth creation in the country as the objectives of the Ministry.

”The Ministry has facilitated agro-input centers, agro-processing centers, agribusiness incubation centers and agro-industrial estates.

”All these interventions have translated to an appreciable contribution of the sector to nation’s gross domestic product.

”These efforts have translated into the sector positive growth throughout the COVID – 19 period and beyond.

”Following  the above and other special interventions into the development of agriculture, the Ministry from 2015 to 2020, has developed and promoting over 30 commodity value chains.

”It has embarked on construction of rural roads, provides solar and motorized boreholes as well as many mini water treatment plants in Rural areas facilitated across the country.

”Other Interventions include, mini earth dams, water harvesting structures, tube wells, silo complexes, processing complexes and farmers markets as part of collective effort to upscale infrastructure that is required to make Agriculture works.”

The Minister advised the participants to be open-minded in sharing ideas with a view to contribute to the development of this robust sector strategic plan that would help Nigeria achieve food security, create employment and stimulate economic growth for national development.

Source: NAN.

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