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WHY THE PROPOSED FIRST ALL AFRICAN FARMERS SUMMIT IS IMPORTANT – By Edegwa Joseph

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Observation has shown that the African geographical land mass has been under-utilized by Africans, especially as evidenced by the despicable predicament of the Agricultural industry. It is no gainsaying that African nations individually announced huge budgets every year for food security, employment generation, export drive, raw materials for local industries, among others, However, it becomes ironical that the phenomenal reality has been a great disappointment.

Even though the governments of African nations are expected to light the way, there are other stakeholders who have not done enough to promote the agricultural industry appropriately. Perhaps this is why no African nation has successfully managed agriculture as the mainstay of her economy in such a way that no citizen of that Country lives below poverty level.

Statistics has shown that many Africans are dying of hunger, unemployment, malnutrition, all of which occur in avoidable circumstances, and whose remediation is wholly provided for by an unused vast geographical land mass.

Against this un-encouraging backdrop therefore, the vision and drive to re-address and re-position the place of Agriculture became imperative for the organizers of the First All African Farmers Summit, who believed that the bad situation in the African Agricultural industry is not beyond redemption.

Hence, the summit is a trailblazer in pioneering a change that will precipitate a re-birth in the quality of management of this valuable sector of African economy. This means that it will no longer be business as usual where stakeholders sweet-talk the farmer, pauperize the farmer, do whatever they like and make away with it. Indeed, the summit is a walk-around for a failed project.

The proposed summit will be characterized by great solution bearers as speakers with focus on the following outlines: Where have we got it wrong in the packaging of a Farming policy? Farmers credit administration, Ethics of farming, sustaining a dependable technology for intensive farming, injecting expertise into the industry, the place of training in agriculture, robust privileges for African farmers, making farming attractive, mentoring the African farmer, securing funds and grants for the farmer, job creation and marketing, among others.

Similarly, the summit will also be a marker for a re-orientation of the African farmer, intending farmer, corporative societies and retirement safety nets for a plan B career in farming, amongst other issues, to be effectively handled by part of this pioneering team of change makers.

The organizers of this ground breaking summit, equally implores the Federal Government of Nigeria, State Governments and stake holders in Faming and Agriculture, to sponsor an average of 100 (one hundred) participants from each State to attend this upcoming summit from June 14 – 18, 2016, in Johannesburg, South Africa, not only to emphasize the importance of Farming in their Governance agenda, but indeed to create employment, establish entrepreneurs and ultimate contribute to food production in Nigeria and the continent.

Attendees shall be eligible for ready access to the aforementioned advantages and common interest and participants will return to Nigeria as groomed revolutionary farmers to kick–start a multi dimensional change.

Participants input is a vast land on free hold or lease, cost of attending the summit in South Africa, and the imparted “know – how” as credit, funds, grants shall be provided for them from international institutions.

For further details please call: Mr. Joseph: 08037482755 or Mr. Anthony: 08033486331.

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