The Nigerian Agribusiness Group (NABG) has advocated for the adoption of climate-smart agriculture to improve food productivity, create jobs, fight the scourge of poverty in the country, reduce greenhouse emissions, and mitigate the impact of climate change on agricultural systems.
The Director General of NABG, Jafar Umar, made this call while delivering a speech at the Validation of the Climate-Smart Agriculture Framework organized by the group, stating that the significance of the framework cannot be overstated, considering the current challenges facing the agricultural sector.
Umar noted that the country is confronted by the harsh realities of climate change, which threatens not only crop yields but also the very fabric of agricultural heritage, adding regenerative agricultural practices to the national agenda.
“We recognize that the adoption of these practices is not merely an option but a necessity if we are to ensure the sustained productivity of our farms and safeguard the livelihoods of our farmers. By integrating sustainable practices into our farming methods, we aim to contribute to a healthier environment for all.”.
“In our commitment to leaving no one behind, the framework places a special focus on building the capacity of our smallholder farmers. These hardworking individuals form the backbone of our agricultural sector, and their success is crucial for the overall prosperity of our nation.
Also speaking was the Chairman of the Administrative Board of NABG, Arc Kabir Ibrahim, who pointed out that whatever is done here will be disseminated to all the farmers in the 774 local governments, and the farmers will be taught in their own languages.
He emphasized the need to pay attention to what is happening about climate change and adopt precision agriculture to optimize productivity and ensure food security in Nigeria as the giant of Africa, saying we not only need to feed our population, we also need to feed the people of Africa.