As food prices continue to soar high on daily basis, Action Aid Nigeria, AAN, and 40 Budget Committee Group, BCG, members across seven States and the FCT, Wednesday, called on Federal Government to secure lives of farmers with insurance cover to sustain food production and boost food security.
The call was part of other recommendations made in a communique endorsed by 28 Civil Society Organisations after a 2-day Public Financing for Agriculture Budget Committee Advocacy (PFA-BCA) Summit held in Abuja, which was organised by ActionAid Nigeria (AAN) in collaboration with the Budget Committee Group (BCG) of Bauchi, Gombe, Ondo, Delta, Kwara, Ebonyi, Kogi States including the Federal Capital Territory.
They also called for awareness creation of new agric policy, “The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, should create awareness/sensitization of stakeholders on the new agricultural policy as part of effort towards promoting improved citizen participation in budget process.”
The communique called for synergy between FG, States on agric policies, “There is a need to have a State investment plan for the agricultural sector. The national investment plan should be a compilation of the State developed agricultural investment plans that contains state crops with comparative advantages. Such plan will highlight the commitment of the states, PPP windows and their alignment to the national economic policy and development plans.”