In taming the tide of hyperinflation rate in Nigeria and food scarcity, the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, Osogbo has drawn strategic-agricultural plans that would ensconce Food Security and better Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for rural-crop and livestock farmers across Osun state.
These Strategic-agricultural plans were developed during A-day Farmers ‘/Stakeholders’ interactive Forum which focussed on the Economic implication of COVID-19 on Rural Agribusiness and the way forward.
The action reponse was followed by the likelihood of impacts of the COVID-19 on the small scale farmers in Osun state and Nigeria as whole, knowing fully well that 70% of the Agricultural produce came from the rural farmers and communities.
Speaking on the philosophy behind the Plans, the General Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Peter Akinkunmi noted that many factors had worked against Rural Farmers in 2020 which might likely make it impossible for them achieve bumper harvest and Food Security projection in 2021 occasioned by Corona Virus and its attendant consequences like lockdown, erratic rainfall pattern and high dependency of farmers on rain-fed agriculture .
“As a result of these factors, JDPMC deems it necessary to create a forum like this to cross-fertilize ideas through problems identification, need assessment and way forward to these challenges. It is our belief that this discussion we have had together today with the blueprint generated will yeild proper action and expected result by affected and relevant stakeholders as envisioned”, he said.
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