Issues affecting Nigeria’s agricultural sector will be front burner at this year’s National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD).
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja will host the meeting tagged, “Nigeria’s Agriculture and Food Security in the face of COVID-19, floods and insecurity.”
According to a document made available to AgroNigeria, this year’s meeting will span three days- Wednesday, December 16th to Friday, December 18th, 2020.
Top on the meeting’s agenda will be the need to proffer practical solutions to emergent and long standing concerns in the Nigerian agricultural ecosystem.
To this end, the sessions will focus on such issues like: infrastructural deficiency, insecurity and research funding and implementation gaps, the document indicated.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nigeria’s economy has suffered its worst contraction in years and attention has been laser-focused on Agriculture as the sector to provide the energy for recalibration.
However, recent developments like the floods in the northern parts of the country and the increasing state of insecurity have provided ominous indications of a looming crisis in the sector’s productivity.
“This situation, along with the bleak implications it portends for the overall Nigerian economy, is why this year’s NCARD is particularly imperative”, says Richard-Mark Mbaram, Technical Adviser to the Agric Minister on Knowledge Management and Communication.
NCARD’s meeting will discuss issues that will speed up post-COVID-19 economic recovery, according to the document.
Others issues to be discussed are women and youth inclusion in the agriculture value chain, and access to agriculture extension services.
Access to investment opportunities and agro products, for the total revitalisation of the value chain will be discussed.
NCARD is a policy making body for all issues within the value chain, accepting input from various key players within the sector.
Its mode of operation includes appraising existing policies and projects, as a means of promoting total revitalisation of the sector.
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