Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq has praised the African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) Nigeria for its initiative to strengthen smallholder farmers’ capability.
Abdulrasaq said the initiative – National Committee on Innovative Strengthening of Smallholder Farmer Capabilities in Nigeria amid COVID19 pandemic – was capable of impacting the nation’s food security, eliminate unemployment and promote other socio-economic benefits.
He noted that smallholder farmers constitute almost 90 per cent of farmers in the country and that any initiative to strengthen their operations, as being envisaged with the initiative by AUDA-NEPAD, Nigeria should be encouraged by all.
The governor spoke in Abuja during a courtesy visit to the National Coordinator of AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, at the agency’s headquarters September 10, 2020, Akobundu’s media aide, Abolade Ogundimu said in a statement at the weekend.
Abdulrasaq, who was named as the chairman of the committee, said: “Over 90% of farmers in Nigeria are smallholder farmers, despite their limited means, they have been feeding the nation, but they need to be strengthened to be more productive.