The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, has promised to increase efforts geared towards developing the power and the agricultural sectors if voted into office come twenty -nineteen.
Chairman of the party, Shittu Mohammed Kabir made this known in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Abuja.
Kabir explained that given priority to the sectors would consequentially lead to an improvement in the nation’s economic situation.
He stated that the agricultural sector, which contributes up to twenty-four percent of Nigeria’s GDP, if repositioned will lead to an increase in production of agro-commodities by farmers, employment generation, contribute optimally to the nation’s GDP growth and attract millions of dollars of investor monies looking for a home in agricultural sector.
According to him, the enormous challenges bewildering the sector cut across inadequate infrastructure especially in transportation, storage, power; climate change, due to unpredictable weather and temperature conditions.
Kabir also said lack of adequate funding; high bank interest rates; lack of access to credit; youths lack of interest in farming activities must be converted by investing more in the sector in order to remain sustainable in the global market.
He noted that the importance of agriculture in the drive of the nation’s economy cannot be over emphasized; hence, great will and determination were needed to put the country in big agricultural production pedestal.
The APDA Chairman said that Nigeria had not fared well in agriculture because it had not exhibited needed commitment to boosting production in the sector.
According to him, Nigeria is endowed with the capacity to produce a variety of agricultural products if the right resources were provided to farmers especially in financing.
“It is very painful that in spite of all our resources we are still at this level in the agricultural sector” Kabir added.
He promised to put processing plant in place to open up the electricity market thereby creating employment for the youths.
“To get investors, the nation must insist on organic farming, which implies the production and distribution of clean food across Nigeria.
These are foods grown without the assistance of chemicals, preservatives, or fertilizers, but with organic manures and decomposers, because they are feat for consumption.
Kabir said Agriculture is considered to be one of the area of greatest promise for investors in Africa
BY: GEORGINA HUMPHREY/ABUJA