Agric entrepreneurs suggests agric as solution to hunger, youth unemployment
Agriculture has been described as a potent tool to reduce the alarming rate of poverty and hunger in Nigeria and other developing countries of the world.
Approximately 1 billion people in the world are said to be extremely hungry especially in the developing countries, while average of 12.9 per cent of the developing population are undernourished.
In a chat with Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Divine Dignity Animalistic Konsult, Mr. Oluwasola Clement, he said, “there is a saying that when we remove hunger out of poverty, the poverty is almost over.”
He said to raise the standard of living of the masses, agriculture and its value chain development are the best ways.
Agriculture, he said, could eradicate poverty in Nigeria if the government could provide some basic agricultural inputs for small scale farming households, which, he added, would reduce hunger and poverty.
It is believed that crop production can transform rural economies, spur rapid economic and industrial growth and assist disadvantaged communities.
As Nigeria’s population increases daily, necessary things should be done in the agricultural sectors so that the increased population would not face food security challenges.
The government should increase budget allocations to agriculture both at federal and state levels and create a scheme to absorb fresh graduates into agriculture by making their certificates their collaterals for government facilitated loans for agriculture after training them.
Nigeria has land, the technical know-how, manpower and every other thing needed to produce food not only for Nigeria but also for Africa.
The government should provide good road and regular electricity supply if it really wants to develop agriculture in the rural communities.
“I feel that the government has been doing some things, but they are not enough.
They should do more so that the poverty rate of Nigeria can reduce drastically,” Mrs. Mojisola Karigidi, the founder of Moepelorse Bio Resources, told The Guardian.