23 March 2021By Georgina Humphrey
An Agricultural Economist, Mr. Michael Ashimashiga has urged youths to venture into farming of cash crops like moringa and shea butter to boost the nation’s economy and create jobs for the unemployed.
Mr. Ashimashiga stated this while featuring on “Perspectives” a Kapital FM Current Affairs Programme in Abuja.
Speaking on the topic ” The position of the World Trade Organisation Towards the Development of Nigeria ” Mr. Ashimashiga attributed the lip service by successive administrations to widespread poverty, unemployment and criminality.
Mr. Ashimashiga emphasised that moringa alone has the potential of taking out more than one million youths out of the unemployment market .
According to him at the moment, global demand for moringa products had soared especially in the Middle East adding that with vast arable lands and climatic factors that suit the growth of the medicinal plant, Nigerian youths can be assisted to export Moringa.
He said a lot of small scale farmers find it difficult to access the Federal government anchor borrower scheme because of the politicians who hijacked these funds thereby denying the farmers access.
Another guest on the programme, A Public Affairs Analyst Mr. Jide Orintunsin advocated for more capacity building programs for small scale farmers to enhance agricultural productivity and economic growth in the country
Mr.Orintunsin who described capacity building programmes for farmers as the major tools to ensure food security appealed for more allocations to the Agricultural research institute to address issues affecting the sector
He said the Federal Government should partner the world trade Organisation in the aspect of training to improve the lot of the Nigerian farmers.
Mr. Orintunsin called on technocrats, the CBN and financial institutions, chambers of commerce and industries to key into the Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala’s policies for the nation to have a road map for economy sustainability.
The guests therefore called on the Federal Government to support those with developmental ideas in the Agricultural sector.