• Saturday, May 25, 2024
businessday logo

BusinessDay

Agric Ministry, Propcom partner to increase productivity, improve food security

Obasanjo Farms, AgriConnect partner to drive agric innovation

Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, the minister of state, ministry of agriculture and food security, has declared the Ministry’s readiness to partner with Propcom to increase productivity, improve nutrition and food security.

According a statement signed by Ezekwesiri Charity Chika, the principal information officer, for the director of information, the minister made the declaration in a meeting with a team from Propcom (a UK FCDO funded programme) on Public Private Partnership for Animal Health Services in Nigeria led by Deputy British High Commissioner, Gill Lever, to his office in Abuja recently.

Abdullahi revealed that “Propcom is an eight-year programme, founded by the UK Government through her Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) aimed to support climate resilient and sustainable agricultural and forestry that benefit people, climate and nature”.

“The programme was aimed at transforming Nigeria’s rural economy by addressing environmental, social and economic challenges in the nation’s food and land use system and will work through strategic partnership with key market actors and support policies to increase productivity, improve nutrition and food security as well as reduce vulnerability to climate impact,” he said.

“We have a big task to revive the food system, and we are ready to have you as a partner to achieve the high priority placed on food security by Mr. President because agriculture is the key and animal health is very important.”

He further said that Nigeria has animal health support group who are looking into the health of animals and farmers to reduce loss and improve productivity.

Abdullahi revealed that agriculture is no doubt a multi sector and needs more people to work together, “we require more land, partnership, collaboration which is the key to achieve our aim in productivity, nutrition and food Security in Nigeria”, he added.

He said that this move will support the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President and assured of the Ministry’s maximum cooperation.

He also urged propcom to look into pest control, stating that recently, Nigeria had a serious attack on ginger, which affected its productivity.

Speaking further, he said “to have a healthy nation, you must have a healthy people”.

Abdullahi added that Mechanization is a sure way to help in productivity if it’s made available, pointing out that “we are in partnership with John Deere and Greener hope in order to achieve the desired aim of Mr. President on food security.

Earlier, in her remarks, the Deputy British High Commissioner, Gill Lever, said that Nigeria has been in a good relationship with UK for years now and that Propcom was a programme aimed at supporting resilience and sustainable agricultural and forestry that benefit people, climate and nature, provide support to different business modules, scale up access to animals and support new innovations.

Gill, solicited support from the government to Animal Services, especially in the rural areas.

“We have been working with the Veterinary Department. We have been in rice production in the North. Propcom programme is a very versatile one”, she added.