The Federal Government has expressed readiness to partner with farmers groups across the country to boost food production and agro-allied businesses.
George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs has this indication during a meeting with the National Apex of Nigerian Farmers’ Cooperative Societies (NANFACOS) in his office in Abuja.
The National Farmers‘ Cooperative Apex is a statutory body established to, among others, complement the efforts of the Federal Government in the agricultural sector, particularly, in the areas of production, processing, marketing, and agro-allied services, as a value chain, which amount to adding value to various commodity value chains.
Akume said Nigeria is going to be number four by 2050 in terms of population in the world which has serious implications for food security but expressed hope that the country has all it takes to feed the rest of West Africa and beyond.
He said Nigeria needs a body like NANFACOS which is already playing a leading role in the area of the agricultural value chain to achieve the responsibility of feeding other African countries and assured the cooperatives of his commitment towards facilitating their meeting with President Muhamadu Buhari.
“Agriculture is the mainstay of many countries, particularly the developing world. There is something unique about agriculture, that is food security. One of the basic needs of man is food. It is the first need of man. If you don’t have food you can’t think well, you become sick and very unproductive. So food is the main need of man.
“Food also provided cash for us in those days in this country before the discovery of oil. Agriculture was the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy. You remember the groundnut pyramids in Kano, you remember cocoa in the western region, you remember palm oil in the Eastern region and we have beniseed, soya beans which earned the people a lot of money needed, maize, rice, ginger, so many, even fish abound in our waters”, Akume added.
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