FG Meets with Agric Stakeholders on How to Achieve National Agricultural Goals

FG Meets with Agric Stakeholders on How to Achieve National Agricultural Goals

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) in collaboration with other agricultural Stakeholders and Development partners has held a meeting to dialogue on the Performance of the Agriculture sector.

The workshop which was held from Wednesday, January 13 to Thursday, January 14 in Abuja was aimed to develop policies and programmes that will speed up the achievement of the Malabo commitments and National agricultural goals.

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According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Information, Eno Olotu on Thursday, the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), Mrs Karima Babaginda who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of  FMARD, Mr Ernest Umakhihe, stated that “the meeting was key in identifying data gaps and possible sources for the next  Biennial Review process as well as identify areas for preparation of policy brief for articulation of projects and programmes towards enhancing the process of attaining the Malabo commitments”.

He revealed that the Ministry is at the verge of completing the articulation of another four year policy framework that will run from 2021-2024, tagged National Agriculture Technology and Innovation Plan (NATIP) that will serve as guide for the operation of agricultural projects and programmes in the country.

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He further said that the Ministerial Priority Deliverables are to “ensure close collaboration with the states to build rural infrastructure, land clearing and development, scale- up production of livestock, fisheries and priority commodities, implement Rural and Livestock Transformation Plan, Train and Deploy 75,000 Agriculture Extension Workers, implement Livelihood Improvement and Family Enterprises, Establish Agri- Industrial Estates, Reposition and Restructure Agricultural Research Institutes and Colleges, Enhance National Food Reserve Stock and recapitalization of Bank of Agriculture for effective service delivery in the country”.

The Permanent Secretary also explained that the ministry has taken a bold step in coming up with an instrument called “National Agricultural Data Management Information System (NADMIS)” to facilitate data collection, analysis, harmonization and storage for overall planning, monitoring and evaluation on initiatives, programmes and projects at national, regional, continental, and global, level.

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Mrs Fatmata Seiwoh of ECOWAS, while presenting the Bienniel Review of Continental and Regional lessons, from the region and other countries, reviewed the performance of the African Union member countries at the continental and regional level and submitted that many of the countries were yet to be on track with the 7 point commitments under the CAADP Framework endorsed by the African Heads of States at the AU Summit in Equatorial Guinea in 2014.

The Malabo declarations include: Recommitment to the principles and Values of the CAADP process, commitment to enhancing Investment Finance in Agriculture and Ending Hunger in Africa in 2025.

Others are; halving poverty by the year 2025 through inclusive growth, boosting Intra-African Trade in Agricultural commodities and services, enhance resilience of livelihoods and commitment to mutual Accountability to Actions and Results and are expected to be achieved by 2025.

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