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Lack of Continuity, Bane of Agricultural Policy – Don

Posted: Nov 26, 2015 at 8:40 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ernest Aiyedun, Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Abuja, has decried that the country experiences perennial failure of agricultural policies due to lack of continuity from one regime to another.

Aiyedun who pointed this out during his inaugural lecture added that lack of policy direction on agriculture has produced untold consequences on Nigerian farmers, which in turn has translated to disastrous consequences on the country’s economy.

According to him, the topic of his lecture: Agriculture and the Nigerian Economy: Matters Arising’ became necessary considering the quest by the Federal Government to diversify the country’s economy in view of the dwindling oil revenue.

He recalled that garbage bins are the menu table for millions of people in Africa because of shortage of food. This, he maintained, is the reason why it behooves on governments to invest in agriculture.

Aiyedun decried a situation where subsistence farmers were the main producers of most of the food being consumed in the country; stressing that the country must change its policy direction to that of food production in order to fast track economic growth.

Calling on the Federal Government to utilize federal universities of agriculture and some other universities with faculties of agriculture to boost food production, the don emphasized that universities have a role to play in national agriculture research policy of governments, hence, government must use them to aid food production.

The don challenged governments to embark on rice production, adding that any Nigerian President that can fix rice production, would have written his name in gold.

“I believe that any Nigerian that can fix rice production in Nigeria and take her from major exporter to importer will do the country a whole lot of good because rice remained a commodity widely consumed. Any regime that pursues it would have succeeded in changing the country’s fortune.”

The Vice Chancellor of the university cum chairman of the occasion, Prof. Michael Adikwu, lauded the academic prowess of the speaker. Such topic, he said, was likely to change the fortune of the country, in view of the policy direction of President Muhammadu Buhari to give agriculture a priority.

Adikwu stressed that he remained resolute in his determination to build a university that would take pride in vibrancy and impact positively on the society.