Expert Seeks Govt., Stakeholders’ Synergy to Revive Agriculture

The President, Farm and Infrastructure Foundation (FIF), Prof. Gbolagade Ayoola, has stressed the need for synergy between stakeholders and government agencies to revive the agriculture sector.

Ayoola made the suggestion while delivering a paper at a workshop organised by the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

The titled of the paper is ``Agricultural Rebirth in Nigeria: Issues of Policy and Institutional Realignment.’’

The professor said a meaningful rebirth of the agricultural sector calls for an overreaching philosophical direction to be agreed by all policy stakeholders.

According to him, conflicts between government institutions, guaranteed price of agricultural produce, corruption among others must be addressed if agriculture must be ``born again.’’

``The key policy and institutional issues to be addressed include the situation with marketing and other institutions, the role of rural infrastructures, framework for policy participation and multi-sectorality and agricultural corruption among others,’’ he said.

He said the starting point to resolve them was in the National council on Agriculture as the convergence point of policy stakeholders.

Ayoola explained that in a democratic agricultural economy, policy and politics were Siamese twins.

He said that a successful rebirth in agricultural sector in Nigeria required a strong political will.