The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has begun the process of updating the database of farmers to enhance inputs provision and adequate extension services.
The move is targeted towards increasing food production to efficiently cater for the daily increasing population of the territory and its environment.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu disclosed this at the opening ceremony of the Agribusiness Innovation Conference and Expo held in Abuja last week.
Aliyu also said that the FCT will improve all agricultural-related institutions as a means to develop a food system that will meet the growing population demand.
The FCT Minister, however, pointed out some challenges bedeviling farmers to include: lack of information on best agricultural practices, insufficient financial support and access to inputs.
Also, inadequate storage and processing facilities, pest infestation, and access to markets among others.
She assured that the FCT administration will overcome these challenges with proactive strategies capable of restoring the agricultural sector to its prime glory.
The minister noted these proactive strategies to include among others: keying into the various Nigerian Government Agricultural initiatives such as the Accelerated Agricultural Development Scheme (AADS), National Agricultural Land Development, and National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP)
“On the implementation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) funded AADS, all the six Area Councils of the FCT, and participating farmers and off-takers have been fully mobilized and are ready for the take-off at the start of the 2021 dry season farming,” Aliyu added