In order to increase food security in the country, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe, urged development partners and the private sector to work closely with the government at all levels to combat hunger, extreme poverty and malnutrition.
The head of Ogbe did it yesterday in Abuja during a sensitization walk organized by the Ministry in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), before "2018 World Food Day" is scheduled for October 16, thematic: "Our actions are our future: zero hunger by 2030 is possible."
The minister, who was introduced by the ministry’s planning, policy and coordination director, Nasir Adamu, noted that the ministry is working to reduce post-harvest losses and improve the convenience of doing business in Nigeria’s agricultural space.
Ogbe, who said that no nation in the world can achieve food security if it is dependent on food imports, he added that agricultural production under the current administration is receiving momentum through the timely provision of fertilizers and other resources.
He noted that the current administration’s policy encourages nutritionally sensitive agriculture and links the agricultural sector with other sectors of the economy.
According to him, "the policy of this administration in the agricultural sector began to bear fruit, especially in the field of rice production."
He added: “Currently, the policy is aimed at deepening the interaction of the financial sector with the value chain of agribusiness.
“In order to open all economic opportunities around our country, we must define our main constraints in the value chain of agricultural products from production to consumption.”
The Minister, congratulating FAO on its 40th anniversary in Nigeria, highly appreciated its achievements in recent years.
Meanwhile, the representative of the country, FAO, Saffian Koroma, who had previously declared her commitment to helping Nigeria to fight hunger and extreme poverty, also asked farmers to know the type of crop for production in the relevant market.
According to Koroma, “Nigeria should be free from hunger by 2030. But it was not just based on agriculture, as we know it. This is beyond the scope of this, because if you look at the additional services that agriculture needs to take, they are also valuable as the product we produce on the farm.