Agricultural sector can take care of Nigeria’s needs if properly harnessed – Expert
Key players in the agricultural sector have identified the need for more Nigerians, especially the youths to tap into the lucrative prospect of the sector’s value chain in their bid to boost wealth creation.
They made the submission as discussants at an Agro-allied exhibition, organized in Abeokuta by the Ogun State Ministry of Agriculture as part of activities to commemorate the 17th anniversary of Oba Aremu Gbadebo as the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland.
An investor in the Cassava Value Chain, Mr Goke Adeyemi while speaking on Agro-processing and Agro-Cultural space, said the available natural resources in the country were enough to grow sector all sectors of the economy and urged the youths to explore the values of cassava processing.
Also, the Ogun State Secretary of the Poultry Association of Nigeria, Mr Oludare Kuforiji called on the government to invest more in agriculture to better the lot of Nigerians.
A representative of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Dr Yemisi Olukoya said the federal government through the bank had initiated the Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme among other interventions to enable farmers to access loans from commercial banks.
Dr Olukoya tasked the Ogun State government, private investors and other development partners to key into the various agricultural programmes of the federal government to enhance the nation’s food production capacity.
Addressing the people, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo called on the CBN to sustain the tempo of interventions in the agricultural sector and urged beneficiaries of government’s loans to pay back promptly in the interest of others.
Ogun State Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina who took the dignitaries at the event on an inspection of the agricultural exhibition, said the event was part of efforts aimed at repositioning the sector.