Stakeholders in the agriculture sector,
from the North Central geo-political zone,
on Thursday, began a meeting in Jos to
deliberate on ways to address the
dwindling federal and state allocations to
that sector .
The meeting is at the instance of the
Nigeria Association of Women In
Agriculture (NAWIA) in collaboration with
Civil Society Legislative and Advocacy
Centre (CISLAC), and the Association of
Small Scale Agro-Producers in Nigeria
(ASSAPIN) and supported by Trust
Africa.
It has the theme: ”Validation/
Sensitisation meeting on Strengthening
Advocacy for Increased State Budgetary
Allocation, Investment and Policy
Formulation in Benue, Plateau and
Nasarawa States.”
In her address, the NAWIA National
President, Mrs Ngizan Chahul, said the
meeting became necessary, “owing to the
numerous challenges facing the
agricultural sector in the country”.
According to her, efforts by the
government and the private sector, aimed
at tackling the challenges, have not
yielded much dividends, hence the need
for the parley to address the issue.
“It is no longer news that the sector that
puts food on our table is experiencing a
lot of challenges in all the states of the
federation.
‘“A lot of efforts have gone into tackling
these challenges but the truth is that we
are still far from finding a lasting
solution.
“Our targets, collectively and individually,
have not been met, making it imperative
for us to gather here to fashion out some
possible solutions,” she said.
She enjoined participants to be attentive
and contribute meaningfully to the
discussions, noting that agreements
arrived at would form the basis for
salvaging the agricultural sector.
“The sole idea is to make the sector
viable; we must make collective and
individual contributions to the effort of
attaining that goal,” he said.
Participants were drawn from Benue,
Plateau and Nasarawa States.

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