Business & Finance

Minister encourages Nigerians on farming

Nigerians have been advised to invest in Agriculture by keeping vegetable gardens, fish ponds, rearing animals around their environments or start a plantation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Audu Ogbeh gave the advice in Abuja, at a sensitisation walk to commemorate this year's World Food Day.

Mr Ogbeh said investing in Agriculture would go a long way iton fighting hunger, malnutrition and extreme poverty in the country.

Therefore, there is need for all of us to invest in agriculture in our own little way, it could be a small vegetable garden at the back of your house, it could be a poultry farm, a small fish farm using a fiber glass tanks, it could be a small piggery, it could be the keeping of rams sheep and goats and if have land in your village it could be a plantation in something I call invest in your future so that when you retire you won't die of too early of mystery and disillusionment, the minister explained.

Tackling food insecurity

According to him, government is committed to tackling food insecurity by introducing various programme for long term economic growth.

The Ministry is committed to making the sector a pivot for economic stabilisation, diversification of the economy, generating employment and creating wealth,Mr Ogbeh stressed.

He also decried the high interest rate in agriculture loans, stating that 25% interest rates of loans cannot grow an economy but will rather destroy it.

FAO commitment

The country Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Mr. Koroma Sanusie said the organisation was using the 2017 World Food Day to show its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal ll.

World Food Day 2017 is a time also for us to show our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal ll; achieving zero hunger by 2030. We cannot succeed in any of the other goals if we do not end hunger and if we don't have an agriculture and food system that is climate smart and resilient and delivers to all people

To him, investing in Agriculture and food security means that the rights steps are being taken to address the issue of Climate change, migration and feeding the growing world population.

Oxfam

The Deputy country Director of OXFAM, Mr. Constant Tchona said if Migration was not curbed, it could have an implication on Food Security, sustainable Development and making it difficult to fight hunger.

Mr. Tchona called on all stakeholders and the Government to invest more money by increasing agricultural budget in the coming year, to make things easier for the small holder farmers.

He added that the organisation was helping to resettle Internally Displaced Persons in the North East, Nigeria, back to their various communities.

The 2017 World Food Day has its theme as Change the future of Migration. Invest in Food Security and Rural Development

Source: Voice of Nigeria