25 February 2021 By Remi Johnson
Stakeholders and Partners in the Agricultural sector have converged on Abuja, to discuss possible ways to curb food insecurity in the nation’s Capital.
The meeting, organized by the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration will among other issues tackle the food assessment survey result, which revealed that 15% of residents are food insecure in the FCT.
FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola made this known while declaring open the 8th Regular FCT Council meeting on agriculture in Abuja.
Mr Adesola said the Administration had concluded plans towards implementing policies and programmes that would address areas of critical needs of small holders farmers with a view to boosting food production and exploring viable investment opportunities
Speaking on the theme:Evolving Enduring Strategies towards commercialisation of Agriculture for Economic Empowerment to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic and promote sustainable food security,the permanent secretary who was represented at the event by a Director in his office, ,Mr Samuel Atangs said the influx of people into the FCT had put so much pressure on available facilities.
The Permanent Secretary also highlighted some of the measures been taken to address the issue to include capacity building of farmers, training of over 5,000 farmers on good agricultural practices that can enhance the quantity and quality of farm produce in collaboration with the World Food Programme partners among others.
In his remarks, the Acting Secretary, FCT Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr Ibe Prospect Chukwuemeka, said the outcome of the meeting would lead to repositioning of the sector across all spheres of the agricultural sector which includes crop farming, livestock management, fisheries and aquaculture as well as forest conservation.
He assured that the Councill would do its best to thoroughly look into all the issues towards making impactful recommendation to the FCT Administration.
Participants were drawn from the six Area Councils of the territory .