September 26, 2017

How govt can stop rice import, by Utomi

How govt can stop rice import, by Utomi... NAIJA INVEST

How can the Federal Government stop rice import? It is by providing adequate incentives for stakeholders in the rice value chain ,says the Co-founder, Pan-Atlantic University, Lekki, Lagos, Prof. Pat Utomi.

He advised the government to guarantee rice farmers so that none of their harvests would be wasted.

In an interview in Abuja, Utomi , said until stakeholders began to see agriculture as a business rather than development programme, the sector may not witness expected transformation.

He said: “Once there is appropriate incentive to produce rice, if you can guarantee those who produce for example that nothing they produce will be wasted, that incentive will make them produce.”

Utomi emphasised the need for private sector partnership and encouragement to enable all stakeholders take ownership of various agriculture programmes.

He said government can as well support private investors to devise strategies on value chain that has comparative advantages.

“The key to agriculture is if it runs as a business or source for business enterprises because passion, commitment of people goes into where they profit.

How govt can stop rice import, by Utomi... NAIJA INVEST

How govt can stop rice import, by Utomi… NAIJA INVEST

“Part of the problem with the structure of agriculture for a long time is that it has been seen as a kind of development initiative, where government put all available resources so you don’t calculate the outcome but if government creates the enabling environment and encourage these people to entrepreneurial opportunities and create values,” he said.

However, Utomi urged all stakeholders to embrace local food produce to foster more income for the farmers.

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