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ActionAid Nigeria, Others, Task Relevant Stakeholders to Monitor Agricultural Projects in Budget

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Olawale Ibrahim,Lokoja

The implementation of Agricultural projects in the budget needs to be monitored by all relevant stakeholders such as Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Budget and National Planning ,State Ministry of Agriculture and Agriculture Committees in the National and House of Assemblies.

This was  contained in a communique issued at the end of 2-day stakeholders  consultative meeting on 2020 agriculture budget  organised by ActionAid Nigeria , Oxfam, One Campaign ,CAACP Non – State Actors Coalition CNC, Ministry of Budget and National Planning and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources of the ECOWAS Commission held at Reverton Hotel in Lokoja  between 16th  -17th July and copy of which was made available to newsmen on Thursday.

The communique stated that the objectives of the stakeholders consultative meeting on 2020 Agriculture budget  become imperative to leverage understanding on the economic recovery and growth plan and Nigerian Agriculture promotion policy and of connection to the comprehensive African Agriculture Development programme target .

It is also to enhance the knowledge of citizens on  the National Agriculture Investment Plan 2, to strengthen citizens participation towards making 2020 Agriculture budget responsive in ensuring food security and wealth creation

“To support effective biennial reporting by Nigeria to the African Union Heads of States  and government in line the Malabo Declaration and commitments of 2014,”

To this end the participants from FMARD,States Ministry of Agriculture, MDAs and relevant stakeholders at the 2- day consultative meeting unanimously recommended  that  with the signing of the African Continental Free Trade by Mr. president ,there is urgent need for massive and unprecedented investment in agriculture sector for domestic consumption,rural infrastructural development and export promotion for Nigeria to take the advantage of the opportunities it offers.

“The gains made by the sector MDAs  as mentioned in the commendation should be sustained and improved upon in 2020 Agriculture budget ,the GES retained  and budget should be increased to address the inputs gabs experience by smallholder farmer ,especially women.

“There should be political will to allocate at least 10% of annual budgets and actuals of revenues to agriculture sector and to increase the realization of Maputo and Malabo  benchmark for agriculture investment .

“Women and youths are homogenous groups, therefore their budget line should be separated to ease implementation, monitoring and evaluation.

“There should be a scale up of investment in types of public spending that has been shown by evidence to yield better economic outcomes . This includes smallholder farmers especially women and youths in agriculture promotion and development value chains ,agriculture finance credit ,agriculture insurance and more programmes”,the communique stated .

However ,ActionAid Nigeria in collaboration with Oxfam, One Campaign, CNC,ECOWAS Commission commended government ministries ,departments and Agencies for their commitment to collaborate with Non State Actors which should be sustained for more inclusive and responsive agriculture policy and budget making process in Nigeria.

“We also commend the allocation of a higher capitqm component than recurrent for developmental projects in 2019 agriculture budget at the Federal level and some States ,this should be maintained and increased.”, they stressed.

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