FG urged to increase agric funding


National coordinator, Agro-Allied Cooperative Service Producer, Nigeria Limited, Prof. Queen Abike Adesuyi, has called on the federal government to increase funding to agriculture to ensure food security in the country.
Adesuyi stated this at the meeting of 10 states coordinators at the company’s headquarter in Gwagwalada area council, saying investing more in agriculture and provision of incentives for small and medium scale farmers would encourage youths to go into farming rather than looking for white collar jobs.
She noted that Nigeria as a country has rich land lying fallow in different parts of the country.
She added that the Cooperative was ready to prove to government and farmers that Agro-Allied CSP Nigeria Limited was a reputable company worthy to receive Agriculture Intervention Fund.
She said that cooperatives that want to access the money must have about 1,000 hectares of land for mechanise farming in the senatorial district of each state chapter of the company with genuine guarantor, alternatively a patriotic village or district head.
She added that in view of this, the company has been sensitising farmers across the country through their various state offices with its adult literacy school and staff training college to train and to retrain farmers and interested women, youths including graduates who are also interested in going into farming.
The company had also embarked on youth empowerment programme in which some youth and widows have benefited from the scheme.



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