Senate calls for more private investors in agriculture

To ensure food security and sufficiency in Nigeria, the country needs to attract more private sector investors in the agricultural industry, the Senate Committee on Agriculture has said.

It said although some private sector players were already supporting the growth of the industry, their contributions had yet to lift the sector to an attractive height.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, who disclosed this while inaugurating the Dizengoff Nigeria/CASE IH tractors in Abuja on Friday, explained that the agricultural sector in Nigeria was not attractive enough because of lack of adequate funds.

 He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to provide the enabling environment that would attract private investors into the country’s agricultural industry in order to expand funding sources and make it more attractive, particularly to the youths. Adamu observed that youths in Nigeria shy away from agriculture because of the experiences of farmers who engage in manual and tedious methods of farming, adding that the lack of access to mechanised tools as a result of little funding had made the sector unattractive.

He said, “Before I became a senator, I was a farmer. Being a farmer and based on my experience in agriculture, my belief is that young people are not attracted to agriculture because of what our parents had to bear while tilling the land manually. Most of our children cannot do that.

“There is nothing to attract them because of lack of access to mechanised tools and this is due to lack of funds. We need to make the sector attractive to the young ones and the government cannot do it alone. This is why public private partnership is important and it’s another reason why we call for more private investors in this sector.”

The Chief Executive Officer/Country Manager for Dizengoff Nigeria, Mr. Antti Ritvonen, said Nigeria’s agricultural sector would improve significantly if farmers adopt modern technologies in farming.

He said, “This is why we are committed to ensuring that Nigeria as a nation becomes self-sufficient in food production and in the near future becomes a major player in the exportation of quality and safe agricultural produce.

“Mechanisation plays an important role in addressing the issue of agricultural production as a nation, hence the need to support farmers with the right equipment that can take care of their farm needs and at different stages of development.”

 

 

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