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Adeshina Calls For Support For African Farmers

Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture, Dr. Adesina Akinwumi, has said that African farmers need support, just like the developed countries support their farmers with massive subsidies.

Delivering a paper at the high Policy Dialogue on ‘Research to Feed Africa’ in Addis Abba, Ethiopia on Monday, Adesina said while there is always debate on subsidies, his position is that they are needed, especially in the early phases of agricultural transformations.

“While developed countries support their farmers with massive subsidies, African farmers, who are poor, are barely supported. Lacking access to technologies and with limited financial resources many do not take advantage of the benefits that new technologies can offer,” he said.

The Minister noted that public policies are needed to reduce adoption costs faced by farmers, adding that when he was appointed he met a system where the government for decades had been directly involved in procuring and distributing fertilizers to farmers.

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