Kano State Deputy Governor,Dr.Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna has tasked farmers in the country to ensure that agriculture is seen not only for subsistence farming but as a means of business that would improve the economy.
He made the statement on thursday while commissioning the new office of the All Farmers Association Of Nigeria (AFAN) and distribution of agricultural inputs to farmers at an elaborate ceremony held in Abuja.
According to him, Nigeria is an agriculturally endowed country for production of crops for both self sufficiency and export, therefore farmers should take advantage of the visionary and foresightedness agricultural policies initiated by the Federal Government under President Muhammad Buhari and intensify effort towards revamping the sector.
“Agriculture must be done the right way so as to harness its potential of feeding the nation,creating job opportunities and improving livelihood said Gawuna ”
On the new office,Gawuna commended the leadership of AFAN for its commitment and determination in the securing office which which would enhance smooth operation of its activities.
“If other commodities associations would have offices why not AFAN which is the umbrella of all agriculture related associations Gawuna explained “.
He applauds Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for being farmers friendly in Kano State and also for his support to them through provision of farm inputs to increase productivity.
He also expressed appreciation to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono for embracing small scale farmers in the country as part of effort of ensuring food security in the country.
The Deputy Governor who also doubles as the Commissioner of Agriculture commended the Faruk Rabi’u Mudi led executives of AFAN for maintaining unity and cooperation among farmers in the country and assured of continued support to the association as major stakeholders in the agricultural sector.
Speaking earlier, the National President of the All Farmers Association Of Nigeria, Alh.Faruk Rabi’u Mudi said he and other national executives came on board with the mission to build a nation where sustainable agriculture would be the bedrock of the thriving economy and means of livelihood.
“With a membership strength of about 40 million farmers across the federation, we intend to take advantage of our numerical strength and harness the full potential of agricultural sector “Mudi revealed.
He added that AFAN has plans to organize a agricultural summit in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development where stakeholders would chart ways foward and make policies that would sustain agriculture for decades to come.