The Kaduna State Government said it has formulated a policy thrust that will enhance growth of the agriculture sector and boost food security.
State Commissioner for Agriculture, Hajiya Halima Lawal, made this known in a press statement on Tuesday.
Lawal stated that the policy was in response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 1 and 2 as well as the need to diversify the state’s economy
According to her, the policy seeks to end poverty and hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture and create self-sufficiency in food production.
Lawal also noted that the policy was focused on commodity value chain actors in crops, livestock, dairy, fisheries and other related agriculture activities
In her words “The policy is further concerned with women in agriculture, food and nutrition security, markets, infrastructures, revenue generation, climate change, promotion and development of agri-business and digital agriculture.
“It (policy)was conceived to accelerate agricultural development and facilitate its overall socio-economic prosperity by addressing the huge challenge of inefficient and ineffective agricultural systems
“The documents will guide all stakeholders in the state’s quest for rapid agricultural development including the private sector through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) concept,” Halima added
The Commissioner further noted that the document will provide a strong legal framework for the needed confidence to investors in the sector as well as commit the state and local governments to adequate annual budgetary allocations to agriculture.
Lawal, therefore, appreciated the efforts of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) for financing the evolution of the policy through a two-year capacity strengthening project among other actors.