LAGOS – The three tiers of government, the federal, states and local government have been urged to take the agriculture sector seriously by providing an enabling environment for farmers to improve production in order to avoid food crises in the country.
Prince Wale Oyekoya, an Agriculturist and Consultant gave the advice in his media parley with DAILY INDEPENDENT while speaking on his projection for the sector, adding that there is going to be scarcity of food items with the little budget allocated to the agro sector.
He said that there are some states imposing heavy double taxation such as land use charge and VAT on some farms, whereas such state governments refused to provide water, security, power and good roads to these farmers they are taxing.
“My projection for the sector this year is mixed as there is going to be scarcity of food items with the little budget allocated to the agro sector and with the hope that the government retains the closure of the borders.
He noted that state governors need to improved infrastructures such as good roads, electricity, security and funds with low and single digit interest rate, and added that the state government should create sustainable development policies to boost production and should also issue C of O to farm lands, that that way they can access loans.
Oyekoya stated that the sector improved a little bit due to the borders closure and due to efforts of some farmers who are bent on making difference to feed their families.
He noted that all the sub sectors such as poultry are still not making profits because of the cost of production is very high especially the feeds and infrastructures deficit.
Speaking further, he said that the government should be thinking of mechanisation in the sector by providing modern equipment from fabricators, empower the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO), Oshodi to fabricate more modern farming tools to ease the suffering of the farmers and improve on their production by supplying hybrid seeds to farmers.
He noted that storage facility is another problem affecting the sector which needs to be tackled as the country only consumes what it produces.