Experts have called for speedy passage of the Seed, Fertiliser and Warehouse receipt Bills before the National Assembly to revamp the agriculture sector.
The experts made the call in Abuja yesterday during the farmers’ sensitisation workshop organised by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.

Addressing newsmen during the workshop, the National president, Association of Small Scale Agric producers in Nigeria (ASSAPIN), Joshua Jonathan, said the delay in the passage of the bill had denied the sector the opportunity to grow.

He said the workshop was aimed at equipping farmers with vital information and also to speak on the issues of the seed, fertiliser and warehouse receipt bills, adding that passage of the bill will help farmers have access to quality fertiliser and seeds.

Earlier, the facilitator of the workshop, Dr Olukayode, Oyeleye, who lamented the pending bills, said the delay in the passage by the National Assembly is worrisome and should be looked into by relevant stakeholders as speedy passage of the bill is for the good of all Nigerians.

According to him, “There have been a lot of gap, which has resulted into farmers buying adulterated seeds and fertilizers. A lot of these contribute to lower agricultural produce, poor harvest and at times no harvest at all.

“Agriculture value chain has not been properly fixed in Nigeria. Agriculture needs to be treated as business and if we are treating it as business, then a lot of business opportunities will be created for people in the warehouse system,” he said.

Also speaking, the Project Manager, Agric business legislative reforms Project funded by Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), through the USAID, Dolapo Enejor, said for Nigeria to achieve the targeted food sufficiency in 2030, a lot of things need to be put in place ensure food security.

She noted that some of the bills have seen about four different assemblies and are still not passed, adding that the fertiliser quality control bill has been on for 16 years and still hasn’t been passed.

Source: Leadership

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