Agric. Minister: Nigeria must focus on agro-processing, business partnerships

Mazino Dickson

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Alhaji Muhammed Sabo Nanono, Minister of Agriculture & Rural Development, speaking at the Feed Nigeria Summit 2019 conference in Abuja

For Nigeria to speed up the revolution and revival of the agricultural sector, it must focus o agro-processing and effective business partnerships.

Alhaji Muhammed Sabo Nanono, Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development said this was vital because subsistence agriculture laced with political patronage would keep the sector comatose.

Nanono stated this emphatically when he declared open the Feed Nigeria Summit 2019 in Abuja.

In his speech titled: “Uniting to grow Nigeria’s Agro-Economy,” the minister said the Nigerian agricultural sector witnessed a boom decades ago because the federal ad state governments at the time evolved a synchronized policy of agro-processing with the business sub-sector the chief driver.

He however frowned on what he called political patronage – a fact he said had in the past prevented the agricultural scene from taking off.

About 70% of Government input in Agriculture is taken away by politicians. Therefore Let us reduce the involvement of politics in Agriculture,” he said.

In agriculture, transportation is very important, cost and availability of food depends greatly on transportation. There’s a need for an African rail system.”

Nanono called on Researchers to focus more on execution than on recurrent researches through innovation and technological advancement.

The Feed Nigeria Summit 2019, with the theme: Unlocking Prosperity Through Partnership, brings together policy makers, business groups, researchers and other key players in the agricultural sector from within and outside Nigeria.

It is the brainchild of AgroNigeria.