The Nigeria government has been asked to strengthen policies that will protect farmers against influx of foreign agriculture products.
The Nigeria Guild of Editor said in a communiqué at the end of the 4-day conference on Economic Diversification: Agriculture as option for a Prosperous Nigeria that local production for food sufficiency and processing for export should be encouraged.
The 12th ANEC that took place in Port Harcourt, Rivers State also observed that skills needed for agricultural production and processing should be stressed above mere certification by relevant institutions.
The thirteen point communiqué urged government to quickly recapitalise and make more functional the Bank of Agriculture and other institutions relevant to the agricultural programmes to achieve the desired results in Nigeria.
It observed that the formation of more Farmers’ Co-operative societies should be accelerated while those already in existence should be strengthened to improve productivity.
The guild observed that agriculture remained the most viable option to revive the nation’s economy, create employment for the unemployed youths and usher in prosperity for the people and Nigeria.
The Nigeria guild of Editors called on states government to collaborate in the areas of agriculture production and processing, using their areas of comparative advantages.
On the professional requirements, the Guild in session lamented the decline in the quality of journalism practice and non-adherence to the ethics of the profession in some cases and called on Editors to adopt measures to redress the situation in their respective organisations.
The Guild commended the government and people of Rivers state for the level of security and infrastructure development, especially roads as well as for the steps being taken to promote agriculture.
They called on the state to continue and sustain the development initiative of Governor Nyosom Wike for the desired development of the state in the years ahead.