Nigeria: Investment in Agric Low – FAO

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Jacques_DioufAbuja — The Director-General of United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Dr. Jacques Diouf, has said that agricultural investment in the country is very low.

He disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, when he paid a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Prof. Sheik Ahmed Abdullah.

He noted that the continent is experiencing food crisis due to inadequate investment in the sector, lack of modern inputs for farmers, while the continent has suffered adversely from climate change, emphasising the need to assist farmers improve their productivity.

He further urged government to do more in irrigation to boost food production, although he commended the federal government’s efforts at food security through the National Food Security Programme (NFPS), just as he urged government to be more determined to restore the former glory of agriculture and encourage Nigeria to diversify the economy using agriculture.

The minister added that food security has taken a global dimension with varying degrees of severity in different regions of the world and Sub-Sahara Africa, being the worst hit, and underscores the important role the FAO is playing at the global food security pedestal.

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