The Federal Government of Nigeria has called for a collaboration between the 36 states of the federation including the FCT this is to bridge the gap of inadequate food production and implementing policies.
This call was made by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri, at the inaugural meeting of the Community of Practice, CoP, for State Commissioners of Agriculture and Rural Development.
Shehuri made this known in his keynote address where he stated that “There is a missing link in view of what the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is doing and what the states are doing.
“I think it is right in having this meeting every month and chaired by the Minister to hear from the Commissioners of Agric from various States about their problems and collectively proffering solutions.”
Also present at the meeting Country Director, ActionAid Nigeria, Ene Obi, in his presentation titled ‘Power in People’ stated that “Lack of collaboration between Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and State Ministries of Agriculture is one of the major and can be said to be the overarching challenge that has prevented the Nigerian agricultural sector from attaining its full potential over the years.
“Nigerians can cover Africa with food because of the landmass and soil that we have but what are we doing to unleash that food potential to even create jobs for the teeming population of Nigerians?
“The collaboration can bring assistance. We collectively have a lot of challenges to surmount together in the agriculture sector.
Also at the meeting the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, in Nigeria to ECOWAS, Fred Kafeero, stated, his organization is ready to support CoP and agriculture in Nigeria.
The Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting, Temi Adegoroye, said they are committed to continued collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other stakeholders to achieve food and nutrition security.