The Federal Government has been asked to urgently address the dwindling allocation for the Agricultural Sector as the continuous drop even in the one percent since 2013 to less than one percent in 2015 Budget when it is supposed to be upped to meet the 10 percent Maputo declaration is unacceptable.
This is part of the resolutions of a one-day roundtable on “Citizens Dialogue on the Proposed 2015 Agriculture Budget” organised by the ActionAid Nigeria in Abuja.
The Food and Agriculture Advisor of ActionAid Azubuike Nwokoye while presenting the organisation's findings on the 2015 Budget analysis said: “The proposed 2015 agriculture budget shows that the Nigerian government’s budgetary allocations to the sector continues to drop from 1.7 percent in 2013 to 1.44 percent in 2014 and to 0.9 in 2015. These very low allocations have consistently remained meagre and not meeting the 10 percent Maputo Declaration Commitment as reiterated in Malabo on Agriculture and Food Security.”
He said the dialogue was for citizens to engage with the budget and make demand for increased allocation to agriculture, improve quality of spending especially in key areas considered vital for promoting agricultural productivity gains leading to pro-poor growth.
Heb recalled that as at independence in 1960, the nation’s agricultural sector in Nigeria was the most important in terms of contributions to domestic production, employment and foreign exchange earnings and was even recorded as having contributed about 90 percent of the country’s GDP before the discovery of oil.
He lamented that despite the government increased of attention on agriculture in recent years by introducing a range of policies to increase productivity, Nigeria’s budgetary allocations and actual spending on agriculture are woefully inadequate to reduce poverty especially on the key services needed by smallholder farmers, especially the women and youths and that not only was the figures for the states low varying from 2.0-5.9 per cent, but it is also extremely erratic.
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