Farmer Groups Call For the Appointment of A Farmer as Next Minister

Posted by Adaora Anozie

On July 2, 2015

In view of the increasing need to advance the agric sector and ensure food security in the country, a group of Nigerian farmers are calling for the appointment of a practicing farmer as the next Minister of Agriculture by the Buhari government

According to the National President of the Sorghum Association of Nigeria, Mr. Yusuf Adams, who made the call, the agriculture sector had overtaken the oil sector due to the fall in oil price in the international market and if given major priority can ensure increased revenue for the nation.

He commented on the need to have a practicing – farmer minister, who will pilot affairs of the ministry, thus making policies that will favour the farmers at large.

“We need a seasoned farmer this time around as minister. That is why I am calling on the new administration who is yet to appoint its cabinet” he added.

Furthermore, Adams called on the present administration to continue with the Agricultural Transformation Agenda in the sector. He urged for an expansion of the Growth Enhancement Support (GES) Scheme to include more agricultural input.

Culled from AgroNigeria