By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria
The Executive Director National Agricultural Extension and Liaison Services (NAERLS), Professor Emmanuel Ikani has advised farmers not to give up despite all the challenges of insecurity and Corona Virus Pandemic.
He gave the advise in an interview with journalists in his office on the issues surrounding farming activities in Nigeria.
Professor Ikani said that, farming is a very lucrative business and advised that farmers should not independently sell their produce, instead government should buy and store up for eventuality.
According to him, agriculture was the foundation of Nigeria’s economic development which gave it the opportunity to have oil and become the largest producer in Africa.
The Director lamented that it is very unfortunate that Nigeria developed when there was no oil, but it was agriculture that sustained the country’s income, but since oil was discovered, the sector neglected.
Professor Emmanuel Ikani said that his priority is to promote good agricultural practices all over the country and also encourage farmers to regard agriculture as a business.
He said to achieve this, the mindset of farmers must be corrected to consider farming as a clean business that they should take agriculture serious.
The executive director emphasized that their work is to ensure that information, proven and tested in agricultural sector that will help to boost production is disseminated to the stakeholders.
He also said that NAERLS will make sure the transformation of agriculture from traditional sector where they use hoe and cutlasses to modern farming.
Prof. Ikani explained that from 2012, Nigeria shifted from producing agricultural products as a means of feeding to business.