FG keen on providing access to agricultural inputs for smallholder farmers, says Agric minister

Kunle Sanni

The minister of agriculture, Abubakar Kyari, has expressed that the federal government is committed to ensuring provisions and access to agricultural inputs for smallholder farmers across the country.

He said this during a meeting he presided over with key stakeholders at the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

The meeting which was held in Abuja on Monday focused on the imminent dry/wet season farming initiatives.

The participating stakeholders included FEPSAN, NAIDA, ICT Providers, the Agrochemicals sector, SEEDAN, and Farmer Associations.

He also revealed that the federal government would be collaborating with the National Seed Council of Nigeria and SEEDAN will work towards enhancing the nutritional values of household-consumed foods.

This, Kyari said, would prevent the recurrence of such issues and shortcomings that were uncovered that may have affected the November 2023 Dry Season farming.

The minister said his ministry is determined to sanction/deal with any operator “HEAVILY for attempting to, or engaging in any illicit/corrupt practice targeted at sabotaging the success of the program.

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