The Ogun state coordinator of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) assisted value chain development programme, Samuel Adeogun, has urged the Federal Government to put policies in place that will ensure the sustainability of the various interventions aimed at promoting food production.
Adeogun who spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing Agricultural show and World Food Day celebration organised by National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria, NAFN in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the All Farmers Association of Nigeria in Keffi said this will ensure the market for producers of agricultural produce.
He said, “A case at hand is the issue of cassava. We need to sustain our cassava inclusion policy so that there will be enough capacity for the various processors and off-takers to uptake the cassava so as to ensure the market for this farmers are sustained.
He pointed out that the IFAD assisted value chain development programme has been able to do is ensure market linkage for Ogun state farmers in two major value chain mainly rice and cassava.
“Apart from linkage, we have been able to promote standard meta measures wherein our farmers are able to sell in kilograms and not market mudus or using measures that you will not be able to quantify or that are internationally acceptable.
“So what we have been able to do is to promote branding as well as standards in terms of packaging of the products from our two value chain.
“In addition to that is the promotion of mechanisation and youth empowerment particularly seed entrepreneur are been trained by the programme across six states to be able to meet the seed requirement of our farmers in participating states”.