NAFAN plans own agric sum­mit in Novem­ber

Daily Trust - - GOLDEN HARVEST - By Ahmed DioAgbo

The Na­tional Agri­cul­tural Foundation of Nige­ria (NAFAN) is set to hold an agri­cul­tural sum­mit in Novem­ber this year in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fed­eral Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture.

Speak­ing to our re­porters on Tues­day in an in­ter­view at the just con­cluded 1st Daily Trust Agric Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion in Abuja, the Chair­man of NAFAN, Ab­dul­lahi Adamu, said the sum­mit was to bring to­gether all ma­jor stake­hold­ers in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor so as con­sider all the po­si­tion pa­pers from pre­vi­ous con­fer­ences and find a way to move for­ward.

He said that some rec­om­men­da­tions from var­i­ous con­fer­ences in the past were left on the shelf, but since the cur­rent gov­ern­ment is fo­cus­ing on agri­cul­ture, such pa­pers must be care­fully stud­ied to en­sure that pol­icy mak­ers make the right de­ci­sions for the ben­e­fit of all stake­hold­ers.

“We want to bring to­gether ma­jor stake­hold­ers; ma­jor ac­tors, ma­jor pro­duc­ers, ma­jor pro­ces­sors, ma­jor ex­porters to chart a way for­ward. This gov­ern­ment wants to con­sciously de­velop agri­cul­ture and di­ver­sify the econ­omy. That means over and above the one line rev­enue source that we used to have, agri­cul­ture is com­ing on board,” he noted.

Sen­a­tor Adamu lamented that this coun­try has been blessed by na­ture as we have a lot of resources, but un­for­tu­nately, we have not har­nessed them.

“We have talked and talked in the past but no ac­tion. We need ac­tion now. We will go be­yond words,’ he stressed.

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