Thursday, 20 September 2012

African States Urged To Pursue Rapid Productivity Growth In Agriculture

LAGOS, NIGERIA, Sept 20 (BERNAMA-NNN-GNA) -- African countries have been urged to pursue rapid agricultural productivity growth, and institutional reforms which will make their agriculture sector viable, efficient and competitive.

Dr Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina, Nigeria's Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, who made the call, says achieving agricultural productivity growth will also require a structural change in the labour composition of the sector which calls for encouraging young commercial farmers to meet the increasingly complex challenges of market and technology.

"Agriculture holds the greatest potential to create millions of jobs, we therefore need to create jobs for our many unemployed youth and then feed our rising population well into the future," he said in a speech read out at the opening of a two-day Regional Creating Shared Value (CSV) Forum here on Tuesday.

The minister said the sector should be seen as a business and not a development programme and there was also a need to focus on agricultural value chains instead of just increasing production.

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