Nigeria: 'Agriculture Remains the Fastest Means of Job Creation'
It’s not necessary to read the complete article before launching into the mental exercise. Consider yesterday’s post on urbanization in light of this statement on economic development. Allowing that rural economics in Nigeria may not represent all nations (but certainly seems to represent many) what to the two posts mean when taken together?
Regular meetings of the National Council of Agriculture and Rural Development have always been an opportunity for state commissioners in charge of agriculture in the country to meet yearly.
The council meeting is the highest fora in agriculture to dialogue, resolve and share experiences on challenges facing the industry.
The 39th session held in Enugu last week was not an exception as 36 state commissioners from the federation gathered for three days to discuss on the global food crisis, production shortfall, pricing and consumption of agricultural commodities.
The host commissioner, Professor Martin Anikwe, Enugu state commissioner for Agriculture set the ball rolling when he told the delegates that agriculture should go beyond putting food on the table but should be seen within the context of contributing to the growth and sustainability of other sectors.
It was on the basis of his presentation that the Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, said that agricultural growth is the fastest way to creating Jobs in Nigeria.
Dr. Adesina noted that Nigeria’s unemployment rate is spiraling upwards, growing at 11 per cent yearly, “Youth unemployment rate is over 50 per cent.
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