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    Stakeholders task farmers on ways to boost agribusiness

    Stakeholders in the agricultural sector have charged farmers to embrace sustainable certification for agribusiness to build more resilient, profitable and sustainable ventures.

    They also urged the Federal Government to develop a food safety framework to improve agriculture sustainability certification in the country.

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    They stated this at the maiden edition of Nigeria Sustainable Agriculture Conference organised by FutuX Agri-consult, Lagos, on Wednesday.

    Lead Strategist/Founder FutuX Agri-consult, Lagos, Olarenwaju Babatunde said that by adopting sustainable agriculture in Nigeria, farmers would help to improve food security.

    Babatunde said that when farmers adopt sustainable practices, they are more likely to produce higher yields, which can help to increase their income and food security.

    He listed some of the reasons why sustainable certification is important for the country to include improve productivity of agricultural sector, protect the environment and improve the lives of farmers and workers.

    Babatunde added that when farmers use sustainable practices, they are less likely to pollute the soil, water, and air and can help to preserve the natural resources and biodiversity elements for future generations.

    The convener said that when farmers are paid a fair price for their products, they are more likely to be able to provide for their families and live in decent conditions.

    “In addition, sustainable certifications can also help to improve the image of Nigerian agriculture. By demonstrating that Nigerian farmers are committed to sustainability, we can attract new markets and boost our export earnings. Nigeria is a major agricultural producer, with rich agricultural heritage; with a wide variety of crops and livestock.

    “Our land is fertile, our climate is diverse, and we have a long history of producing food for ourselves and for the world, and our farmers are some of the most hardworking and dedicated people in the world. But despite all of these advantages, our agricultural sector is facing a number of challenges, including food insecurity, climate change, inaccessible markets, land and environmental degradation.

    “One of our biggest challenges is still climate change. Climate change is already having a negative impact on our agricultural production. We are seeing more frequent droughts, floods, irregular rainfall patterns and pest infestations.

    “This is a big concern, and we need to think critically about how we can meet our present needs without compromising the needs of the future,” he said.

    On his part, the Managing Director, AFEX Commodity Exchange Group, Kamaldeen Raji, said that sustainable certification would help to improve the image of Nigerian agriculture in international community by demonstrating that farmers are committed to sustainability and standards.

    Raji added that by adopting sustainable practices, farmers can reduce their environmental impact, improve their production practices and yields, and increase their market access and profits. NAN



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