Nigeria is more or less stifling opportunities in Agriculture with an obsolete land tenure system. Most farming in Nigeria occurs at the rural areas and such lands under the control of states and local governments, are becoming critical for Agriculture and food security. With the Nigerian state having possession of the lands and citizens only granted right of occupancy and lease for 99 years, there is still a challenge in land acquisition due to government bureaucracy.
Most lands of ancestral ownership are difficult to formalize making them unsuitable as collateral for acquiring loans. It is also difficult to transfer land ownership, as every request must have the assent of the Governor of the state.
Government needs to review the Land Use Act:
With the current land tenure system, it can be a disincentive to allow commercial investments especially from foreign investors in agriculture.
Government needs to review the Land Use Act and ensure that there are opportunities to make land more accessible for Nigerians who want to do agriculture.
This is a call to action for government to spend more on agriculture and to review the Land Use Act!
Can we just #doagric?
If your response is yes, join us in this call to action for government to spend more on agriculture. You can join in two simple steps:
Step 1: Sign the petition at www.one.org/doagric
Step 2: Copy, paste and tweet the lines below and lend your voice to the conversation.
Land Use Systems that stifle transfer and acquisition of land for agriculture have to be abolished. We need to encourage farmers. #DoAgric
Let us remember that despite huge oil revenues, Agriculture is the largest contributor to Nigeria’s GDP #DoAgric
We need to encourage the young ones and raise a community of young farmers who will find agriculture, smart, sexy and profitable. #DoAgric
Government needs to review the Land Use Act and ensure that there are opportunities to make land accessible for Nigerians to #DoAgric.
As a young Nigerian, I am committed to support the new reform initiatives geared towards improving agriculture. Are you? #DoAgric
You should know how government spend our funds and also see the capital implementation report for agriculture budgets. No? #DoAgric
We need to keep the conversation going with #DoAgric and make this resonate with Nigeria that agriculture is strictly business.
Be curious about government initiatives to improve agriculture through the CBN, Bank of Agriculture and private investors. Just be! #DoAgric
This is the last post in the #DoAgric series and we have looked at issues of budget transparency, agriculture and national development, potential crops, gender gap in agriculture, young people in agriculture and also the Maputo Declaration.
We advise that we keep the conversation going as this is the initial phase of the campaign.
#DoAgric is a multi-stakeholder campaign to get government to increase public funding for agriculture, close the gender gap in Agriculture and also support young farmers tagged “the Replacement Generation”