OPS to Partner FG on Agricultural Development

By Barnabas Esiet 
The  Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has indicated readiness to work with the Federal Government, FG, in implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, (ERGP) 2017-2020 , with  regards to the  development of agriculture.
The National President of NACCIMA, Iyalode Alabama Lawson, gave the hint in Lagos, at the monthly forum organised by the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ) in partnership with Dizengoff Nigeria and Friesland Wamco Campina, in Lagos.
The NACCIMA President who was represented at the forum by Chairman of Export Action Group NEXAG, Dr. Ade Adefeko, said the venture would be in line with  the two clear strategies under its agriculture programme.
“Going forward, NACCIMA aims to work closely with the Federal Government in the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020 which has laid out 2 clear strategies under its Agriculture programme”, she said.
Lawson added that the association intends to work with the  FG in boosting productivity of the agricultural sector as well as the use of irrigable land and river basin infrastructure effectively to enable year-round agricultural production.
She maintained that in partnering with the government on the successful implementation of the ERGP, the association would engage the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) involved adding that it would have the MDAs streamline tasks and actions in line with the strategies that could be measured and monitored by the private sector in order to gauge the progress of the plan.
The NACCIMA boss noted that despite the negative growth rate of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the Agricultural sector has shown consistent growth since the third quarter of 2106 saying that  in the third quarter of 2016 the economy  grew by 4.54 percent and in the last quarter of the year under review, it went up by  4.03 percent while In first quarter of 2017 however, it increased by 3.3 percent indicating steady growth within the sector.
In her words,  “These are in line with overall goal of the Association to pursue government-supported, private-sector-driven agriculture-value-chain development, to make agriculture more productive, efficient and competitive and in order to provide enough quality produce for domestic consumption and export”.