Ex­perts iden­tify prob­lems ham­per­ing agribusi­ness

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Hauwa A. Kiyawa & Yusuf Mairiga Sheka­rau, Kano

Re­source per­sons at the just con­cluded Na­tional Busi­ness Sum­mit in Kano state have iden­ti­fied in­con­sis­tency in pol­icy mak­ing, short­age of fer­til­izer and lack of po­lit­i­cal will as some of the ma­jor reasons why agriculture is not thriv­ing in the north even though the region is agri­cul­tur­ally blessed.

The Pres­i­dent of Kaduna State Cham­ber of Com­merce, Dr. Ab­dul Alimi Bello, while re­view­ing the pa­pers pre­sented at the sum­mit yes­ter­day, said north­ern gov­er­nors and all stake­hold­ers in the agric sec­tor need to wake up from their deep slum­ber to im­prove agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties for com­mer­cial pur­poses.

“North must wake up from its slum­ber and face agriculture will all seriousness if at all we are se­ri­ous to make it a source of rev­enue.

Fer­til­izer is one of our ma­jor prob­lems re­gard­ing agriculture in the region.

“Our farm­ers also need to be train on how to use fer­til­izer ap­pro­pri­ately. Nige­ria has a se­ri­ous fer­til­izer prob­lem in re­la­tion to its us­age with­out ex­per­i­men­ta­tion or as­sess­ment and un­less we ad­dress this prob­lem, our aim to de­velop this coun­try agri­cul­tur­ally could hardly be achieved,” he said.

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