University Don advises government to diversify economy and focus on agriculture and mining.
Director Centre For Agriculture and Pastoral Research of the Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto, Prof. Lawali Abubakar, called for huge investment in agriculture and mining.
Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Sokoto on Saturday that diversification of the economy in these two critical sectors could stem poverty and the economic challenges facing the county.
Prof. Abubakar stated that government should make farm inputs available to farmers between April and June every year at affordable rates to enable them access the commodity in time.
He emphasised that this would help the farmers prepare ground to plant various crops and also ensure massive production with a view to enhancing food security in the country .
Don Advises Govt To Diversify Into Agriculture, Mining
He also called for provision of seeds as well as retraining of agriculture extension workers by experts to properly educate farmers on the new methods and techniques of farming .
Prof. Abubakar noted that the extension workers must be close to the farmers.
According to him, this will ensure for proper sensitisation on modalities of maintaining crops at early stage against any threat from pest.
The don advised both the Federal and state governments to come out with policies that would ensure that excess crops produced by farmers.
These crops would then be purchased and stored in warehouses to ameliorate the hardship being faced by Nigerians.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari in his Independence Day address to the Nigerians stated that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and the CBN have been mbilized to enhance local food production.
The president also disclosed that farmers in 13 out of the 36 states are receiving credit support through the CBN’s Anchor Borrowers Programme.
President Buhari assured that the country should be self-sufficient in basic staples by 2019.