The federal government has said it will prioritize increasing agricultural processing capacity in the country.
This, he said, he would do by establishing several cottage industries to produce staple foods in which he has a comparative advantage.
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Ernest Umakhihe revealed this during the recent 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council for Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD) in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.
Umakhihe, who was represented by Director of Department of Agriculture, Land and Climate Change Management Services, Shehu Bello, said the government would ensure regular levy of products from contractors, thus improving the incomes of the farmers. farmers and entrepreneurs through the value of commodities. Chains.
According to him, “the ministry will work with state governments and other stakeholders to improve agricultural commodity value chain development to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.”
In a statement by Chief Information Officer, Ezeaja Ikemefuna, the Permanent Secretary said the agricultural sector requires deliberate decisions to be made to boost it.
“Agricultural commodity value chain development as a cornerstone and strategic implementation imperative of the prevailing sectoral policy framework requires in-depth discussion and deliberate decisions on intervention models,” the statement noted.
He said the basis for achieving the desired success is to commit to providing incentives, increasing the production and quality of agricultural products to meet and exceed national requirements, as well as achieving a diversified economic base with agriculture paving the way for the non-oil sectors of the economy.
He noted that through the launch of the National Agricultural Technological Innovation Plan (NATIP) 2022-2027, the Ministry demonstrated the commitment of the sector to address conceivable challenges affecting the sector, with emphasis on the strengthening and development of the agricultural value chain.
The impact, he said, has been enormous as it contributes to food security, increases productivity and efficiency, engenders diversification, generates higher incomes and reduces post-harvest losses and most importantly, generates employment opportunities.
He urged stakeholders to approach the deliberations with a broad mind and add value to all issues for the overall impact of the sector on the economy.
He also implored them to come up with concrete and practical suggestions that would help the Council take meaningful decisions.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development of Plateau State, Dr. Hosea Finangwai, on his part, requested that the memorandum for the upgrading of the potato station in Karu be given priority on its merit.
He added that the state, which accounts for more than 90 percent of farmers’ production, livelihoods and incomes, is currently under threat from the monstrous potato blight.
The theme of the program was “Strengthening the development process of agricultural value chains for food security and economic development”.

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