A professor of Rural Sociology, Gbemiga Adewale, has advocated increased budgetary allocation to Nigeria’s agriculture sector toward reducing hunger in the country.
He made the suggestion during a Lecture at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, South-West Nigeria.
According to him “To attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of reducing hunger and poverty, agricultural growth must be made a priority in the nation’s development agenda through increased budgetary allocation to the sector’’ .
He explained that it is obvious we need agricultural development in the country and efforts have been made by the stakeholders.
He also said government had over the years formulated good agricultural policies and programmes meant to encourage food production.
Adewale appreciated the efforts of the past and present governments on agricultural development intervention as well as the feasible impacts, adding there is still need for improvement.
“Agricultural development increases agricultural production, improves productivity and income of rural population. It also attracts industries to rural areas,’’ he said.
The professor said that for sustainable development in the country, various intervention programmes needed to be economically feasible, adaptable and flexible to allow beneficiaries maximise the opportunities.
He recommended increased efforts in the monitoring and evaluation of agricultural programmes in order to ensure the impact assessment was adequately and regularly measured.
He said that agriculture which is the major occupation of the rural dwellers must be sustained, saying that the impacts of agriculture development must be measured by sociological indicators.