The Federal Government of
Nigeria said He will introduce a home
grown National School Feeding
Programme to enhance and sensitize school enrolment, address
poverty, malnutrition and stunted growth in the country.
Addressing a press conference to
commemorate the 35th World Food Day
Celebration in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary, Federal
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Sonny Echono said
there was the need to create business
opportunities in the rural areas and stimulate the growth of micro small and
medium enterprises (MSMEs).
He emphasised the need to improve the incomes of farmers,
saying, “All players in the agricultural sector must re-double efforts by taking
advantage provided for massive food production.”
Echono said social protection exist when government develop
policies and programmes to address economic, environmental and
social vulnerabilities to food insecurity
and poverty. According to him,
the objective of celebrating World
Food Day was to promote effective
action to end hunger,
malnutrition and poverty.
He stated that in 2012, the Federal Government approved vital
incentives and subsides to address the challenges affecting farmers
which necessitated the need for a Growth Enhancement Support Scheme
(GES) and equally introduced Dry
Season Farming which significantly
increased yield and translated into enhanced income to our farmers.
The Permanent Secretary assured
Nigerians that current agricultural
policies would grow the agricultural sector since
agriculture is now
treated as viable and profitable business enterprises.
According to him, the focus on agricultural growth and national
food security with the private sector
taking the lead in a value chain approach in areas where Nigeria has comparatives advantage is a
step in the right direction.
In his opinion, focusing on youth
and women in agriculture and
developing strategic partnership to stimulate investments in a
market led agricultural system, would unlock our potentials, creates
wealth and lift Nigeria out of poverty.
The Permanent Secretary explained
that government on-going efforts were geared towards ensuring national self-sufficiency in staple foods, resuscitating the Cotton and Textile sector, minimizing
post-harvest losses, re-introduction of an effective and efficient
extension services delivery system.
He emphasized the need to develop the fisheries and livestock sector and the importance of linking farmers to markets and promotion of exports through value addition, standardization and efficient regulatory controls.
He said government was also promoting climate smart agriculture with the use of flood resistant and early maturing seed varieties by adopting and using organic nutrients like fertiliser, provision
and use of irrigation facilities and