The bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion of three per­cent and four per­cent an­nu­ally is grossly in­ad­e­quate if the agric sec­tor is to drive the econ­omy of our coun­try and pro­vide em­ploy­ment for the job­less, gen­er­ate for­eign ex­change, cre­ate raw ma­te­ri­als for the ail­ing in

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an­nu­ally is grossly in­ad­e­quate if the agric sec­tor is to drive the econ­omy of our coun­try and pro­vide em­ploy­ment for the job­less, gen­er­ate for­eign ex­change, cre­ate raw ma­te­ri­als for the ail­ing in­dus­tries and guar­an­tee food se­cu­rity. Nigeria as a sig­na­tory to the Ma­puto dec­la­ra­tion of 2001, agreed that 10 per­cent of ev­ery an­nual budget will be com­mit­ted to the agri­cul­tural sec­tor by all African coun­tries to guar­an­tee food se­cu­rity in the con­ti­nent. In the 60s and 70s, Nigeria was not only suf­fi­cient in food pro­duc­tion but the bulk of our for­eign in­come came through agri­cul­ture. This lost glory can be re­claimed if agri­cul­ture is given de­sired at­ten­tion by all stake­hold­ers.

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