Gov Ahmed laments NGF crisis

November 19, 2013 5:48 PM

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Kwara State Governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has lamented that the crisis rocking the Nigeria Governors’ Forum has stalled the realization of its peer review objectives.

The Governor made the observation in his response to a request by Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development during a visit to the Governor at Government House that states should compare notes on areas of comparative advantage. According to Governor Ahmed, "politicisation of the forum had denied it the opportunity of a robust review of commercial agriculture development programme of the State".

Dr Ahmed, who suggested that funding windows for agriculture must take cognisance of the dynamics of commercial agriculture, added that the prevailing funding policies were counterproductive as they were designed to fund subsistence farming.

According to the Governor, "it is imperative that stakeholders see commercial agriculture as a business in a manner that would ensure that the country takes advantage of its natural endowments to promote all year farming".


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