Nigeria: Agriculture Stakeholders Seek Easy Access To Loans, Enabling Environment To Enhance Food Production

There is no doubt that Poverty and hunger-related issues have continued to occupy a prominent position on the front burner of economic discourse all over the world. Developing nations including Nigeria are faced with a number of challenges regarding nutrition, health, and standard of living.

The inability of an individual to attain a minimum standard of living in poverty and is a social condition characterized by inadequacy of access to basic human needs for the maintenance of a socially acceptable standard of living in a given society.

Lack of economic power for minimum standards of living among the poverty-stricken people of the rural communities and the quest for survival have many to rely on natural products.

Moringa Oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree of the family Moringaceae, native to tropical and subtropical regions of South Asia. It is also a plant native to Northern India that can also grow in other tropical and sub-tropical places, like Asia and Africa.

Common names include moringa, drumstick tree, horseradish tree and ben oil tree depending on the area. Its timber is of low quality, but it is an important tree in various parts of the world.

Moringa Tree has been of many uses to the human race ranging from consumption to domestic use, animal forage, plant manure, biopesticides as well as ornamental plants. Its edible property and evidence in human health and nutrition made it to belong consumed by man.

Recently stakeholders in the agriculture sector have called on the federal government to grant easy access to loans and enabling environment as well as other facilities that will enhance food production in the country.

They made the call at a forum for farmers in Abuja organized by Moringa Farmers Association of Nigeria in collaboration with a Commercial Bank, to chart ways of solving some challenges hindering bumper harvest of farm produce in Nigeria.

In their submission, some Farmers, Mrs Nancy Lantan and Prof Timothy Abah who maintained that investment in agriculture remained a veritable source of revenue generation for any nation, expressed worry over the inadequate infrastructure as well as good storage facility, which had affected quality farm yield over the years

Another farmer Dr. Shuaibu Aremu noted that plant-like Moringa if given adequate attention has the potential of addressing unemployment, poverty, and other challenges in the country.

Earlier, the National President of the association, Mr. Michael Ashimashiga, who said the global demand for Moringa Products has gone high, called for the support of the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders to establish Moringa Plantation in Nigeria for sustainable economic development.

Over 100 Farmers were inducted and financially supported to cultivate Moringa plants to boost the nation’s economy.

Georgina Humphrey/Abuja

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