Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has reaffirmed Federal Government’s commitment towards sustaining the improvement in the commodity value chain in the Sector by tackling the issue of land access, soil fertility, information, input access, production, among others.
This was made known in a statement signed by Chief Information Officer, Ezeaja Ikemefuna, FMARD, where the Minister, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Abdulkadir Mu’azu, at the Symposium/ Colloquim held in Abuja, as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Food Day themed: ‘GROW,NOURISH, SUSTAIN.TOGETHER,’’OUR ACTIONS ARE OUR FUTURE.’
The minister stated that the Green Alternative’s framework featured the first pillar on productivity enhancement for commodity value chain development, incorporation of private investments and institutional alignment.
According to the minister, this year’s theme is carefully selected by reorganising the immediate need of current government’s effort to intensify production and processing across the value chain and meet domestic capacity in the shortest possible time with focus on closing the demand-supply gaps in the agricultural sub-sector that if not critically addressed might contribute to the global food crisis currently affecting the human race.
He further said the ministry will ensure sustainable access, availability and affordability of quality food for all Nigerians and to be a significant net provider of food to the global community and in production of raw materials to meet the needs of the expanding industrial sector.
“This forum would provide ample opportunity to highlight the achievements of the Ministry along with the various sub-sector activities and the planned implementation road map for the various initiatives embarked upon by the present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He also said policy direction is fashioned towards an increased agricultural output in the country, stressing the re-activation, and utilisation of exiting dams and irrigation facilities, strengthening agricultural extension services, implementing a private sector-driven mechanization Programme.