FCT farmers urged to treat agriculture as viable business
Farmers in the Federal Capital Territory have been asked to adopt innovative strategies hinged on information and technology, in order to increase the market value of their products, incomes and standard of living.
Acting Secretary Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCT Administration, Ibe Chukwuemeka, said it was high time for farmers to embrace training on how to move agricultural practices from just mere production to investment in value chain, thereby making them self-reliant.
Ibe gave the charge during a capacity building workshop on Agribusiness Development organized for Rural Women, Youth farmers, Entrepreneurs and Cooperative Societies held recently at the Gwagwalada Area Council.
Represented at the event by the Director Planning Research and statistics in the Agric Secretariat, Mr. Yahaya Husseini, the ARDS boss re-echoed the need for farmers to form cooperative groups so as to facilitate their access to support facilities.
“There is no aspect of Agriculture that is not lucrative as long as our farmers efficiently channel their resources on the right investments and avoid wastages of products that could be easily transformed to other uses”
While also urging farmers to always pool their resources together for bigger investment, he assured them of the Administration’s commitment to create the opportunities that will help them grow in their various businesses.
Earlier in his remarks, Director Department of Cooperative and Rural Development, Innocent Ajaefobi noted the role of small holder farmers play in quest to achieving food security stressing that the workshop will afford participants an opportunity to acquire practical skills to facilitate the growth of their various Agricultural vocations.
A participant, Suleiman Ajayi, thanked the FCT Administration for organizing the programme, which he said was timely in view of the current global economic crisis that has affected a lot of small businesses.
He noted that the programme will expose farmers to new trends and useful information that will enable them take informed decisions that will help their businesses grow.