HOW TO REVIVE AGRICULTURE AND FARMING IN NIGERIA

AGRICULTURE IN NIGERIA: DEAD OR ALIVE?

A lot has been said about agriculture in Nigeria. Some said it is dead while some others say it is still alive. Whatever the case maybe, is irrelevant, what matters most is the way forward and that is the main purpose of this hub. Things that should be done by the government and all concerned to improve the standard of agriculture in Nigeria and agriculture in Africa as a whole are listed in the next section of this hub. The suggestions in this hub if implemented will save us all from experiencing food crisis that many experts have already forecasted.

13 WAYS TO REVIVE AGRICULTURE IN NIGERIA

Agriculture in Nigeria can only be revived if the points listed below and other useful points found in this site are all implemented. They are:

PROVISION OF ACCESSIBLE ROADS AND GOOD TRANSPORT SYSTEM

The availability of accessible road and transport system is a necessity for agriculture to thrive in Nigeria. Many farmers get discouraged when they remember the stress that they will have to go through be bringing their farm produce to the end users (consumers).

The prices of the products are usually outrageous when they eventually hit the market.

PROVISION OF FERTILIZER

In as much as fertilizer is not the only way of nourishing our farm, the use of fertilizer in modern farming is still very much acceptable and should be made available. Industries that produce this should be encouraged by all concerned.

PROVISION OF LOANS TO FARMERS

Finance is the backbone of every worth venture which agriculture is one of them. Adequate financing of agriculture in Nigeria will surely boost agriculture in Nigeria. One way that the government can do this is to imbibe the culture of good financial management and strategic asset allocation technique into governance. This will ensure that funds are properly allocated and monitored for efficient utilization when allocated.

PROVISION OF AGRICULTURAL LATEST TECHNOLOGY

There is no gain saying that agricultural produce will be better if latest technologies are used.

BAN IMPORTATION OF CERTAIN FOOD / FARM PRODUCE

The importation of certain farm produce should be banned from coming into this country so as to encourage the consumption of the locally manufactured farm produce.

EMBARKING ON RURAL ELECTRIFICATION PROJECTS

Rural electrification will help preserve farm produce.

PROVISION OF PEST CONTROL AND OTHER USEFUL AGRICULTURE CHEMICALS

If pest control and other necessary chemicals used in agriculture should be produced or better still subsidized for the farmers, I assure you that agriculture will become the toast of many.

GRANT OF GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY- NOT ONLY IN PETROLEUM

If government should spend one-tenth of what it spends on oils subsidy on agriculture, then farmers will be encouraged to do more than they are doing at the moment.


PROVISION OF AGRIC INSURANCE

Losses are inevitable in all works of life and needs to be insured against. Farmers should be encouraged to take up agricultural insurance policies to help re-instate them in times of loss. Little is known about the existence of Nigerian Agric Insurance Corporation (NAIC), a body that is overseeing the agriculture insurance in Nigeria.

MASS EDUCATION ON THE POSSIBLE OCCURRENCE OF FOOD CRISIS IN NIGERIA

Nigerians should be told about the impending danger of not taking our agricultural sector serious. Many of our citizens have forgotten the fact that foods are produced by human beings and would one day be scarce if we all should neglect food production.

Also, farmers should be given due respect and honour. It is painful to observe the discriminating act shown to farmers in this country.

ERADICATION / REDUCTION OF CORRUPTION IN MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE

Corruption in the federal ministry of agriculture has been one of the major causes of the appalling state of agriculture in Nigeria. Until corruption is put under check, agriculture and other sectors of the Nigerian economy will not be healed of this ‘life threatening sickness of our dear country.’

ADOPTION OF WORLD BEST AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES

There are agricultural best practices that can easily be adopted by Nigerians if we really want to reap from the numerous benefits of viable agricultural sector in this our country Nigeria.

SUPPORT OF LARGE AND SMALL SCALE IRRIGATION SCHEMES

Availability of functional irrigation system will ensure that farm produce are available from time to time. Seasonal problems that characterized Nigeria’s food production will be effectively controlled if good irrigation scheme project is commissioned and executed in Nigeria.

BENEFITS OF AGRICULTURE

The benefits of agriculture are too many to list but here are just few of them to give you an idea of what we are missing as nation.

CREATION OF JOBS

Agriculture in Nigeria was a major employment sector before the discovery of crude oil in Nigeria. Until then, jobs were available for the poor citizens of Nigeria. Then, graduates were nurtured to think in the area of being self employed rather than depend on the jobs that are not available. The agricultural sector of Nigeria if revived will absorb more than half of the unemployed youths in this country.

CONTROL OF YOUTH RESTIVENESS IN THE NIGER-DELTA AREA

Agriculture can provide gainful employment to the youths of niger-delta that have decided to pick up arms and ammunitions to fight the federal government and indeed the whole nation through the act of kidnapping and other forms of social vices.

ASSURANCE OF FOOD SECURITY

The fear of the looming food crisis in Nigeria will be discharged if we can simply bring back the lost agricultural glory that we have as a nation. We have the land mass that will be enough to produce more than we need and export to the outside world.

IMPROVE FOREIGN TRADE

Farm produce exportation will in no small way improve Nigeria’s’ balance of payment and foreign income.

RELIEF OF THE OIL SECTOR

The over reliance on the oil sector that Nigeria is a source of worry to many people especially those that have the idea of the scientific estimate of crude depletion in Nigeria. The revival of the agricultural sector and the other real sector of Nigeria’s economy will really benefit all and sundry.

ROLE OF BANKS IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

The operations of banks in Nigeria are not even helping matters. They prefer financing trading activities more than the real sector of the economy. There reason for this widely condemned practice is that the trading businesses promise better and faster. The federal government of Nigeria in 2006 mandated banks to let go certain percent of their net profit specifically to finance the small and medium-scale enterprise (SME ). Where all the contributions made by the banks went to cannot be explained by most Nigerians.

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Hugh Williamson 6 years ago from Northeast USA

chinweike - Your Hub makes some very interesting points about the condition of and the solutions for food production in Nigeria. It certainly seems logical to invest some of Nigeria's oil money into building up agriculture and the infrastructure to support it. Very informative.


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chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK Author

Hugh Williamson, thanks for this wonderful and motivating comment.

I feel bad whenever I see the potentials of food surplus in Nigeria wasting away. Nigeria with her population of over 160 million people can produce foods to feed the whole of Africa.

I am also wishing you happy one year anniversary on hubpages.

Cheers!


Maurice 6 years ago

All what you are sayin is perfect, but who is gonna take that big step n start up something, if agriculturist in nigeria really want to improve the rate of Agriculture in nigeria, we need influencial personalities who are oppe


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chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK Author

That is why we all need to come together and make our country proud once again. I soon come back to make a difference.


olu 6 years ago

I pray the govt of the day will adhere to these measures. GOOD POINTS!


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chinweike 6 years ago from Glasgow, UK Author

Thanks a lot OLU, that is the prayer of every Nigerian that things should change for good. Agriculture is a multi-billion Puond, Dollar, Naira, e.t.c sector and should not be neglected and allowed to die a natural death.

Thanks once again for your comment.

Cheers my brother!


Henry Akaluka 6 years ago

Good points Chinweike. I also think that Agric. based courses in Nigerian higher institutions should be free so as to encourage more 'good heads' into the field.The agric. ministry should be resurrected from the dead. It is a pity that the same factors affecting agric development in Nigeria have not changed from what i was taught in junior secondary school decades ago.


Eben 5 years ago

I too also think that agric is alive


Eben 5 years ago

Sorry 4 d earlier comment it was a mistake.


Atoke 5 years ago

very interesting i think nigerian people will learn from this because everybody cannot be lawyer or banker we need to respect our farmer and improve agriculture of our nation.thanks


Dr.bob cj 4 years ago

Government should do something about agriculture in nigeria


Adewale 4 years ago

the nigerian economy is not ready to establish any modern,wel facilitated agricultural systems.may god help our leaders to know d ryt tin 2 do


Abubakar Iliyasu Birnin Gwari 4 years ago

Let Nigerians revieve the glory of the pass and back to Agriculture becouse it is the only way to achieve vision 202020


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omo daddy 3 years ago

Very interesting topic. It is very dear to my heart. Well, am going back home and agriculture/education are my first points of call in investment.


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abbaelijah 2 years ago from Nigeria

The agricultural sector in Nigeria must be revive oh....

Thanks for the shared info!


umar jamil sani 15 months ago

Athur lewis ones says "if Agriculture remais stagnant indusries will never grow " if really we wants our country to grow industrially and we also wants our restive youth to be engaged and self reliant. therefore, we must put hands on deck to revive the sector .thanks for the hub, it really helped me in my research.

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