Farmers in Nigeria under the Zero Hunger Commodity Associations, has urged government at all levels to support the Zero Hunger Nigeria Programme to achieve its targets and objectives particularly through farmers friendly programmes.
The association, a subsidiary of the United Nations Committee – Zero Hunger Nigeria Forum – made the appeal in a communique issued to Daily Times, on Sunday after its meeting in Abuja.
The communique was signed by the National Coordinator of the association, Dr Tunde Arosanyin.
The farmers’ group sought a collaboration with the Commodity Exchange Market of Nigeria and the Nigeria Export and Import Bank (NEXIM) so as to guarantee good returns on farm produce locally and internationally.
“That Research Institutions and Extension Services be adequately funded by the Federal Government and State Government for effective performance of the Agricultural sector”, the communique read in part.
It also explained that the meeting rose affirming their belief in the Agricultural Revolution Programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari through Green Alternative Roadmap as a veritable channel to improve agricultural production in Nigeria.
The association, however, resolved that government should encourage appropriate implementation strategy that will be all inclusive.
The body said that it appreciated the leadership qualities of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who is the chairman of the Zero Hunger Nigeria Forum, towards the development of the agricultural sector of the country’s economy.
Daily Times, reports that Zero Hunger programme was a brainchild of the United Nations towards actualizing the Substainable Development Goals from 2016 – 2030.
Kehinde Akinpelu, Ilorin