The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has expressed its commitment to providing technical and financial assistance to Nigeria’s small-holder farmers.
USAID’s Mission Director in Nigeria, Mr. Michael Harvey, made this known on the sidelines the inauguration of a new agricultural private sector partnership in Lagos recently.
Harvey submits that the United States Government supports Nigeria’s sector development with $600m every yearsaying it is an investment it is committed to.The U.S. official said that with Nigeria’s increasing population, the new partnership with Chi Farms and Niji Foods would boost Nigeria’s efforts at achieving food security.
On his part, Oyo State Commissioner of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr. Oyewole Oyewumi, said it was necessary that food production be accorded its rightful place in Nigeria.
According to him,we are all witnesses to the unfolding scenario all over the world, where developed countries, who are the main consumers of our crude oil, are now exploring alternative energy sources,warning that it is a signal that Nigeria, should step up its agricultural production, as a matter of national emergency.