The Federal Government has reaffirmed its determination and commitment to boost the Fish Sector in the Agricultural Value Chain Programme.
Minister of State for Agriculture, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri who made this known said the move is geared towards achieving the diversification of the economy and to increase home grown food production, self-sufficiency and food security.
Senator Lokpobiri gave the hint when he received the Secretary General, Fisheries Committee for the West and Central Gulf of Guiana, His Excellency Seraphim Dedi in his Office in Abuja recently.
The Minister said “with the Present reality of non-oil economy, agriculture must take its rightful place to grow the economy, and fishery is a huge market that will contribute to grow our economy”.
Lokpobiri also said that Government has reduced to a decimal level, cases of illegal and unregistered fishing companies and this has greatly enhanced the quality and quantity of fish production and security as well as created employment for the youths and also increased wealth generation and improved standard of living of citizens.
He also confirmed the hosting of the 10th Conference of Ministers of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) in Abuja Nigeria and hoped to have Mr. President declare it open.
Earlier, the Secretary General of FCWC, His Excellency Seraphim Dedi said the “Visit was to introduce the committee and emphasize Nigerian’s Strategic place in galvanizing the committee’s strategic role in achieving the committee’s mandate and to also outline its place in the global fishing component”
Dedi said “the committee is a regional Technical Fishery body constituted by the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) to harness a common interest in the region”.
He further said “the highest level of Management of the committee is the Minister’s Conference where ideas and experiences are shared regularly and the need to maintain a strong relationship and involvement with ECOWAS Commission”.
Dedi also said, he came to get the commitment of Nigeria to host the next conference of Ministers and the 10th FCWC Anniversary, which he gladly got with appreciation.
…Flags-off 2017 Dry Season Farming With Online Redemption System
The Federal Government has flagged-Off the distribution of farm inputs via the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) under the 2016/2017 dry season and Wet Season Farming.
Flagging off the ceremony in Kano recently, the Minister of State for Agriculture Senator Heineken Lokpobiri said that they were in Kano to flag-off the Dry Season farming because Kano is a leading State in Agricultural revolution, more so with large arable land and a highly committed farming population.
Senator Lokpobiri said that the GES Programme is for the poorest of the poorest subsistence farmers. This GES scheme it has been observed has resulted in increased yield and production, therefore government has decided to fund and develop this scheme, laudable he however stressed that this scheme was not for farmers by proxy but for genuine farmers who need this assistance.
In the light this therefore, there shall be no more manual off line payment of redemption, but all redemption shall henceforth be done on-line.
The Minister said during the ceremony, a sample method of the on-line redemption was done to the satisfaction of dignitaries and farmers present.
He also said Government will be happy to collaborate with State Governments to sustain the scheme.
Earlier in his good will message, the Governor of Kano State, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said government will provide enabling environment to make farming a commercial venture that will enrich farmers like their counter part in the world. Also the Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture.
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said “ the senate will support all agricultural activities “
The Chairman House of Representative Committee on Agriculture represented by his Deputy also gave their commitment to the growth of the Agricultural Sector.
In another development, Senator Lokpobiri Commissioned the AF and C Fertilizer Blending plant at Madobi in Kano State. During the Commissioning, the Minister lauded the bold investment potential of Al-Yuma Fertilizer and Chemical Ltd.
Senator Lokpobiri affirmed that, today than ever before, the best sector to invest in is Agriculture, saying that everybody needs food, the rich, poor, sick, healthy, young or old, we have a huge population to feed, therefore government is determined to support all agricultural activities especially the blending plants he added.