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FG Launches Agriculture Development Roadmap – “The Green Alternative”

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FG Launches Green AlternativeThe Federal Government on Monday inaugurated a roadmap for the agriculture sector, tagged: “The Green Alternative: Agriculture Promotion Policy, 2016-2020.”

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, said the vision was to revive agric sector to boost food production in the country.

According to Ogbeh, the policy will serve as the new fulcrum for economic diversification, inclusive growth and sustainable development in agric sector.

“The launch of the ‘Green Alternative’ is an attestation that the change that the overwhelming majority of Nigerians canvassed for and openly welcomed by giving Muhammadu Buhari a resounding victory in the last presidential election is here.

In this policy, you will see us navigating through the agricultural terrain, trucking on virtually every aspect, we launched on the human element.

We will reflect on years of neglect where agriculture was seen as a refuge for the wretched and unsophisticated,” Ogbeh said.

The minister explained further that the emphasis on “Green” would capture the essence, spirit and orientation of the new policy/strategy document.

“The emphasis on green is deliberate; it is to underscore, not only the imperative of building a strong, vibrant and resilient economy, but also a green refreshing, generating, transformative-agriculture-led economy. It is to ensure mutual complementary between efficient, effective and productive agricultural production, system and processes on one hand and environmental sustainability,” Ogbeh said.

He stated that the policy had five major strategic driving forces namely: Achievement of self-sufficiency and sustainable food security; Reduction in import dependence and economic losses, particularly through value addition; Stimulation of agro-exports for enhanced foreign exchange earnings; Enhancement of wealth and job creation, especially provision of employment opportunities for the teeming youths; and Achievement of economic diversification to make the economy less oil-dependent was among the driving forces of the green policy.

Ogbeh said that through the policy, farmers would have access to land, soil fertility, information and knowledge, inputs, production management, storage, processing, marketing and trade, including access to finance.

Others are promoting agribusiness and ensuring investment development, institutional setting and roles, youth and women, infrastructure, research and innovation and nutrition security.

During the launch, the Vice President, who was the Special Guest of Honour said: “There is no question – if we get agric right we would get our economy right”.

Osinbajo added that the social investment programmes of the federal government are designed to align with the agricultural policy. “That is why our Home-grown school feeding programme is called ‘homegrown’,” he added.

Osinbajo said that the problem has never been the lack of policy, but lack of implementation. He commended the Agriculture Minister for not dismissing good policies of the past.

Kabir Ibrahim, President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), commended the ministry for the policy, saying it would go a long way in assisting farmers to boost productivity.

“The Nigerian farmers are seeking more availability of fertiliser, timely application of the research finding, adoption of good science and technology, provision of good seeds and small irrigation facility for all-year-round farming,” he said.

Ibrahim urged both states and local governments to key into the policy to enable the nation achieve self-reliance in food production.

Download the document HERE

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7 Comments

  1. swagg1

    August 15, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Jokers, I doubt their understanding of what green alternative means . Eyes rolling with a long hiss!!!

  2. kunle

    August 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Agriculture is the way forward for nigeria

  3. oversabi

    August 15, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Before I start releasing my questions, let me read this stuff. I am inclined not to because I have come to anticipate nothing from these homies. But, I am eternal optimist.

  4. oversabi

    August 15, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Okay, with rapid fire eyes, I have read a few pages and here is an initial comment – Under policy thrust discussion in the section titled “Access to Land and Land Management” on page 15, the government seems to have decided that the only path to securing finance for agro business is a model in which land is used as collateral for the loan. My question is why is this the only model? this is an approach that will have the unintended consequence of a land grab through government policy, purely orchestrated by greedy bank owners. How? By offering poor farmers eager to tap into this apparent new economy loan terms that will decimate them because their land is used as collateral. At the end of the day, the bank terms will pretty much assure the land changes hands with a more than reasonable amount of certainty because I know Nigerian banks and Nigerian elite – they look forward to stealing what little the poor have left,

    Poor blokes out there, if una dey read Bella, it is time to hunker down and think up communal approaches to raising capital without mortgaging your land. Also, be frugal with your initial input of resources. NGOs and development agencies, it is time to add agriculture to your agenda next to AIDS and malaria. You can do a lot by bringing seeds and other types of resources and support to farmers in addition to or instead of medication and vaccines. Farmers, your land has 100x the value it did yesterday today as interest in agro investment by the government increases. Do not sign loan agreements in which your land is collateral. It is also not your job to find other approaches since many of una no get MSc and PhD in economics and ag. I am calling on our agro economists to please start sharing models so that the disenfranchised in this country are not completely disinherited by the cabals that control everything. Can we have a discussion here that can be widely disseminated?

    • artklub

      August 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks for the breakdown….hidden agendas…

    • Tosin

      August 17, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Thanks for writing this. I haven’t read a single page, but you should totally absolutely share your feedback please.

  5. Tosin

    August 17, 2016 at 8:53 am

    Osinbajo said it. Let’s do our best to implement *something* , preferably something good.

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