Stakeholder blasts low turnout at National Agricultural Show – The Sun Nigeria

Mr. Samuel Meshi, President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Nasarawa State Chapter, decried the low turnout of states in the ongoing 2022 National Agricultural Show in Nigeria. State.

Meshi made the remarks on Nasarawa State’s special day during the show held at Karu local government area on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the National Agricultural Show is organized annually by the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria, in collaboration with the Nasarawa Government.

The 2022 event on the theme “Peasant farming: the challenges of climate change, insecurity and production costs”, started on Monday and is expected to end on Friday.

Meshi expressed his shock and disappointment at the low turnout of attendees from across the country, given that the agricultural show was a national event.

“This event is not considered a local Nasarawa State event, but it is a national event.

“All other states should be encouraged to participate because if you look at it now, we only have about two or three states that are here,” he said.

He called on relevant authorities to make subsequent national agricultural shows mandatory for all states so that attendance can improve and all farmers in the country can feel a sense of belonging through the show.

Meshi also called on the Nasarawa government to support farmers in the state by subsidizing the high cost of fertilizers, improving the safety of farmers on their farmlands and mitigating the impact of floods.

This will prevent farmland from being washed away to the detriment of farmers and the state as a whole.

Reacting to the low turnout, Mr. Nuhu Oshafu, Nasarawa State Commissioner for Agriculture and Water Resources, blamed it on the political activities taking place across the country in preparation for the 2023 general elections. .

“The low turnout is the result of the upcoming elections. You know, every state everywhere is gearing up for next year’s general election. So you don’t expect to see people around here, unlike last year when the crowds were big,” he said.

Governor Abdullahi Sule, represented by Oshafu, commended the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria for their consistency in organizing the annual event.

He described the effort as an impetus to all stakeholders to scale up efforts towards agricultural practices.

“For us in Nasarawa State, the continued hosting of this annual event in the state is a recognition that the state was strategically positioned in the agricultural potential of the country,” he said. .

He said Nasarawa State was endowed with about 2.7 million hectares of land, 750,000 of which was arable while enjoying good climatic conditions and different soil textures suitable for growing various crops for domestic consumption and export.

“This endowment has attracted more than 80% of our population to agricultural or other activity.

“However, over the years the majority of farmers have been subsistence, relying largely on simple hand tools and outdated production technologies with low productivity,” he said.

He explained that the situation has led his administration to develop new techniques that would eliminate the main production constraints by mobilizing, sensitizing and empowering small, medium and large farmers to achieve optimal productivity.

He called on the private sector to invest in agriculture, for the sector to regain its place of honor as the cornerstone of the Nigerian economy.

In his remarks, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria, commended the governments of Nasarawa, including the past, for their contribution to the launch and continued hosting of the National Agricultural Show every year.

Adamu, represented by Hajiya Aisha Ibrahim, Commissioner for Women’s Affairs and Social Development, assured that the foundation will continue to partner with the Nasarawa government in areas that will lead to the development of the. sector (NAN)

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