Farmers group, Nigerian Farmers Group and Cooperative Society, have been assured by the federal government of its support to encourage agriculture and make it looks more attractive in food production and employment opportunities.
This assurance was given to farmers on Saturday in Nasarawa State by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Femi Adesina during a courtesy visit to a farm settlement at Mararaba Gaate, Gokona Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
Mr Adesina said he ‘‘believed the government is doing what it should and would do a lot more as resources are available. As resources are available, definitely we will do more’’.
‘‘It is also very important that they (the farmers) also interface with the relevant people in government so that they also can get access to some of the things the government has for them.
‘‘Not all the resources government has for farmers are fully assessed’’ said Mr. Adesina who promised to brief the President about the surprises that caught his eyes at the farm.
‘‘I will also talk to the Minister of Agriculture because it is his brief, assured the President media aids who through an inscription on wall said he was impressed with what he saw in the farm with young Nigerian youths pulling their resources together into massive agricultural revolution.
Speaking earlier, the national president of NFGCS and former member of House Rep, Hon. Ibrahim Waziri, said while they will continue to promote agricultural revolution is Nigeria, the government must on its own part try to initiate policies that will allow farmers speedy access to resources made available to them through agricultural banks.
Also while appreciating Mr Adesina’s visit, the national coordinator of the group, Mr Retson Tedekhe, said though the group has not felt any reasonable impact from the numerous incentives made available by government for farmers to access, they are inspired by government’s body language to make agriculture a major stay of the country’s economy.
He therefore appealed to the government to prioritise subsidising agriculture to make agriculture a win-win business for both farmers and consumers of their farm produces.
‘‘We can only sell our product cheap, if everything we use is subsidized.
All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from LEADERSHIP Nigeria Newspapers. Contact: [email protected]