COMMUNIQUÉS RELEASED AT THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE, LAGOS STATE POLYTECHNIC, IKORODU HELD AT 500-SEATER SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AUDITORIUM 19TH-21ST APRIL, 2016.
The 2nd International Conference of the School of Agriculture was held between 19th and 21st day of April 2016, at the 500-seater, School of Agriculture Auditorium, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos with the theme ‘ Revamping Nigerian Agriculture Through Public-Private sector Synergy. At the end of three days of deliberation the conference observed that:
- The various government policies aimed at improving Agricultural production were noted to be good on paper but there implementation was defective. As there are policies summersault and lack of continuity in their implementation.
- The traditional perception of Agriculture as all-comers business is an obsolete and very retrogressive.
- There is an urgent need for the emergence of modern Agropreneurs that would vanguard innovative and productive packaging of agriculture as profitable venture that will attract investors.
- Also, there is pressing need to aggregate small-holder farmers under a conglomerate arrangement that will supply the necessary inputs and provide standard towards making agricultural venture a market-driven production enterprise.
- Government needs to provide access to land and other necessary amenities, to encourage potential investor into agriculture more easy.
- There is a need to provide modern storage and processing facilities in strategic locations at the point production and marketing to reduce the seasonal loss of products.
- There a need to adequately fund Colleges of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Institutes, extension agencies and ministries of agriculture for effective service delivery.
- Enrolment in Faculties and Colleges of Agriculture is dwindling as youths are gradually losing interest in agriculture.
The conference therefore recommended that:
- Youths should be encouraged to take agriculture as a vocation and agriculture should be included in the curriculum and made compulsory at all levels of education (Primary, secondary and tertiary).
- Government must encourage private investors by improving the investment climate
- Government should encourage small-holder farmers through subsidy on inputs, insurance and by purchasing excess products in time of glut in the market.
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