Experts urge foreign companies to invest in Nigerian agriculture

Some experts in the agriculture sector have called on foreign companies and multinationals to invest in the nation’s agricultural sector to achieve food security.

They made the call on the sidelines of Multi-Actor Partnership (MAP) workshop in Abuja, organised by Competitive Africa Rice Initiative (CARI).

Muhammed Aliyu, the Chief Executive Officer, Farm Gate Venture appealed to all the corporate organisations and multinational companies operating in the country to play a role in reducing hunger and poverty in the country.

“Unemployment is ravaging the entire nation, and a hungry population is an angry population.

“Peaceful co-existence is being threatened and crime rate is on the increase; we should not allow the situation to remain or even deteriorate,’’ he said.

According to him, there are potential in Nigeria’s agriculture, mining and other sectors of the economy.

Aliyu stressed the need for more investment in rural roads and agricultural equipment among others.

Agnes Samuel, a farmer commended CARI for work well done and urged all tiers of government to replicate what CARI was doing on rice and other commodities for the country to be self-sufficiency in food.

“Farmers were keenly committed to nation’s building through agriculture, youth development and empowerment.

“We have accepted the responsibility of charting a new course for the new generation of farmers and agric entrepreneurs.

“And we will not rest on our oars until the desirable changes Nigerians yearn for are achieved,’’ he said.

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