All Farmers’ Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kaduna State chapter has described 2018 budget allocation to Agriculture by the Federal Government as a welcome development.
The Chairman, Alhaji Nuhu Aminu stated this in an interview with newsmen in Zaria, while reacting to recent budget presentation by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly.
He said: “As a farmers’ association, we ought to appreciate President Buhari for increasing budgetary allocation to agriculture this year over what was allocated last year.
The AFAN Chairman pleaded with the present administration to sustain the steady increase to ensure national food security and accomplish its
According to him, if government really wants to diversify the economy, then, there is every need to prioritise agriculture as one of the highest in budgetary allocation,
Aminu observed that with adequate allocation to the sector, agriculture would be able to give Nigeria the needed revenue/resources and make oil sector a second revenue source.
It would be recalled that government had allocated N118.98 billion to agriculture in 2018 budget as against N92 billion in 2017.
“This indicates an increase of about N26.98 billion, this is of course commendable and we pray for consistent increase annually.
“We hope all the necessary farming inputs will be supplied to the farmers before the commencement of rainy season to further boost farmers’ morale,” he appealed.
Apart from agriculture, the chairman said, Nigeria possesses a lot of mineral resources that were yet to be explored in addition to tourism potentials..
“Almost all states of the federation have one mineral resources or the other in commercial quantity that are yet to be tapped.
“In view of this, we want to appeal to government to collaborate with foreign firms for the exploration of these minerals to facilitate national growth and development,” Aminu pleaded.