Agricultural Development in Nigeria at 60

Over the past three decades, Nigeria’s Government had initiated so many surplus policies and programmes which were aimed at restoring agricultural sector. However various efforts at promoting investment and export diversification in the agricultural sector have not yielded appreciable dividend.  

So many  investment and export diversification potentials for generating higher growth in the economy have remained unexploited and untapped in the agriculture due to a host of constraining factors that must be removed.   The identified constraints included marketing problem, poor funding, infrastructure inadequacies, lack of products  identifications  and unstable input and output prices, poor seeds, land tenure systems and poor technological innovations.

Intentional master plan actions for mitigating the constraints must include improvement in downstream commodity activities, environmental management, increased funding and infrastructure, efficiency in agricultural mechanization.  Government must invest heavily in rural infrastructure and conduct profitable commodity identification by state and region survey,  such investment must ensure development of products  and infrastructures in the rural area connecting agricultural communities, towns and states to the port. 

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