The AFAN National Vice President, Alhaji Mohammed Bello, made the call on Tuesday in Tudun Wada, Nasarawa State, on the sidelines of the 2014 National Agricultural Show organised by the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN).
“Government should increase budgetary allocation to agriculture so that farmers can further get to the root of their entire problems.’’
He commended the Growth Enhancement Support Scheme (GES) of the Federal Government, saying that it had brought a lot of modern ideas and techniques to develop agriculture in the country.
He said the scheme had made agriculture work perfectly in Kano State, saying that he was proud of the programme.
The vice chairman also lauded the government’s policy of deploying National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to agricultural organisations, saying that it would further attract youths to the profession.
Bello, who is also the Chairman of AFAN, Kano State branch, said the major challenge confronting farmers in the state was access to funds.
According to him, government has “pumped money’’ to the banks for farmers but noted that the banks were not releasing the funds.
Source: News Agency of Nigeria