The West Africa Network For Peace Building (WANEP) in collaboration with (OXFAM) has organised a one-day sensitization workshop for key stakeholders in the Agricultural sector in Kebbi state.
In his opening remarks while declaring the workshop open the Permanent Secretary kebbi state ministry of Agriculture Alhaji Muhammed Lawal Shau said Agriculture is the only way and avenue in the world that can sustain human resource adding that if Nigerian government depends on crude oil alone it may not be able to pay workers salaries across the country.
He, however, commended the kebbi state government in the area of Agriculture particularly the mass production of Rice through the Anchor Borrowers scheme and the Lagos kebbi MOU on Lake Rice, he said if other state governors can emulate kebbi state Nigerian will survive and creates more jobs for the youths.
He then call on government at all level to show sincerity to support small scale farmers, adding that these farmers face numerous challenges yet they produce most of what we eat in Nigeria. Alhaji Shau lamented that farmers do not get the much needed access to land, credit, input and extension support.
The Permanent Secretary noted that climate change is making the matters worse this in turn leads to crop failure he, therefor, urged the government to walk the talk on Agriculture by increasing the quantity and quality of allocation to agriculture as the 2018 budget is been prepared.
Meanwhile the kebbi state coordinator OXFAM MR Olumide OJO said the meeting is to sensitise zed stakeholders and focus on how to increased investment into Agric and climate change adaptation for small scale farming, he also said the workshop will also focus on how to increase the participation and accessibility of women in to agricultural produce in kebbi state.