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World Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences

Mainstreaming sustainability in the Nigerian agricultural transformation agenda

Naswem A.A.*, Okwoche V.A., Age A.I.

1*,2,3 Department of Agricultural Extension and Communication, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Nigeria.

Accepted 18 May, 2016.

Citation: Naswem AA, Okwoche VA, Age AI (2016). Mainstreaming sustainability in the Nigerian agricultural transformation agenda. World Research Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 3(1): 054-059.

Copyright: © 2016 Naswem et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

Abstract

The Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA) Programme is assessed to examine its ability to deliver the required socio-economic impact to resource-poor rural farmers that would not put in jeopardy the welfare of future generations. The programme’s approach to fertilizers and other inputs is examined in the light of more sensible alternatives. The heavy reliance on chemical fertilizers and other inputs without mitigating propositions is a major flaw of the ATA. Its ambiguity on genetically modified organism may result in the penetration of harmful varieties into the country.  It is observed that the haste to achieve spectacular targets may have made it trade sustainability for performance. The paper also observes that the ATA continues with the extractive orientation where the rural farmer acts as a natural resource to be exploited to serve the purposes of the elite, as evidenced by the dominance of foreign actors in major contracts of the ministry. The paper concludes that though the ATA makes pronouncements on the issue of sustainability and the targeting of resource-poor farmers, its body language seems to disagree. It is suggested that a rigorous drive to incorporate organic fertilizers be embarked upon as part of the fertilizer policy, and more effective needs assessment be carried out to determine the needs of the poor farmer. It is further suggested that the government should establish a more robust partnership with universities of agriculture and faculties of agriculture in Nigerian universities in the design and implementation of the ATA.

Keywords: Policy, Agricultural transformation, Traditional agriculture, Sustainability, Organic