Nigerian experts want govt. to reposition agric sector

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Stakeholders in agriculture have called on government at all levels to reposition the sector toward economy diversification and food security in the country.

The stakeholders made the call at the ongoing International Agricultural Technology Exhibitions Conference in Osogbo.

Araokanmi Suleiman, the Chairman of Osun All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), urged governments to focus more on agricultural sector to restore its lost glory.

Suleiman noted that agriculture, which was one of the major sectors in Nigeria, had engaged more than 70 per cent of the population of the country.

He said that the sector had also helped in increasing the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) in the country.

“Farmers should be seen as major stakeholders because of the key role they played growth of the economy.

Before the discovery of oil in the 70s, the country relied heavily on agriculture which placed it among the comity of nations.”

Diversification

Dr Adetunji Ajagbe, the Chairman, Governing Board, Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN), also appealed to stakeholders in agricultural sector to support the Federal Government in diversifying economy.

”We have to show the whole world that we have much interest in promotion of agricultural products and that is why the exhibition is important,” he said.

The exhibition, which drew foreign partners from Isreal, Venezuela, Republic of Benin among other countries, afforded farmers the opportunity to exhibit their agricultural products.