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T H E NATIO N FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12,2012

AGRO-BUSINESS FAYEMI' S SECOND YEAR ANNIVERSARY

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1<..111 ~I. It' pl.n~ lu b4!' tht" !:.vuth",e'loC'~ food hb~ (omml»IOlWr t,n AgrICul. lur ... and N.lur.l Re!>ourc~s Mr tbbalklo: Aruwowle told 1M NlltlOJH Ih.l Iho: ~laU~ h. .U II lakes 10 ... hl<'\" Ihi!> "warn rtlt." aJmllll"Ir.lmn, Ill.' !>.lId, has """'" t"IlLuur.gm~ n"lWlg loI~ 10 t>u,')O,1 a,.ble proJuctwn !.,;ov .. rnur l<..)·ud. F.~·t'ml recffilly pn'",,'nleJ ~hrqu~ 01 N5(X) million 10 I'JO gr.Juahng p.rtlClp;anb vi tIM> Youlh m C('mrnercuJ AKn~.:ultur.lJ ~t'k~nw-nl ()CAD) pmgramml' IU boc»l commt'ro.' rrodUdlOll 01 I hgh V.llIt' Crupi I"he b..>nctK1.\t1ft P'rtK"lp.1ted In • Iwu-w ..... 1.. agro-bu~m6S Slarl up .nJ m.n.g ... n.1 tr.mlng proI\:r.m.-n., lol~ -<.:,urt and Imprme

Your 8u"Inn~- (SI'I8) under tM Youlh III Lommernal Agn.;uhural ~ dopm .. nl ()CAD) pmgranlme of IhI!' su.t ... governmenl Thr gm"mot".saKi ddt oi Ihr 150 p;an ....'panb woulJ ha\ ... ac«Si 10 an ell.pandabk> credll f",",llI)' tlf not Ies6 ,han Nt "nullll'" to booM romrnen:I.IIl productMlll 0( TlCl.'. c.~v., od-p;ilm and C'lJC'O.t Fayt"ffil ;.aKith!' adnunbu-ahon tt dlr«tmg It:. allenlmn ....., tnCtiUIft amwd ill fKlhlolllllg thl!' p.lrhC\~­ lIotl oj youlh!> III p~1~mg modem .gncullur.. The governor s.Id I.m d ..... lighled 10 infunn you thaI my gO\emrnefIl. With the suprort 01 UNDP, t..d t1na.1ist"d IhO' mgagf'fllt'f\1 oi thr

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),our Indlvlduill' bu",""".es lhe maNger. Wllh va!>1 lechmCAI .nd farm busUloeSl> m.n.g.. nwnl sl..llb. "'ill Iw:lp III h~nd-hOldlng )'ou 10 dn\' •• ~ul u)n\JTll'~ .~.,.­ C'Uhunol operatiOfl Abo ..... Ilh .e\ e.-.l nuUkons of n.alra romnuued to the purchut' 01 f.nn '"'JUlpm ... nl !ouch.." pl.nUJB. boom .pra),o.:B. IM.'ed dnlli t"IC. hi.' will support you III thr USIIge of IIlHI' I"Ol"Wly .cqw~ modern f.nn foqulprnenl fOf C"IIlmernal rLantalif.n ~r.lh.:Jruo F.ytml Wid h. ho~ Ihal by Xl14, lhe su.te would N\l'bern..bIC 10 ~Ie" l.eHI 50 pt"I" cenl ot Its Inlernally C"".erwmtled R",,'enUl' (K;R) from 'grlC'uitun T1w ..... Ie b t\'Tlo.>WIIIg ~ t,f

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AN' Nlgt"n.n farmt"n hit" ... no~u(Cei~ion plan .In I'''PI:'II hu !>atd ~ptc'al..lIl" wnh Tilt N.fI<Jn. Ih~' ~!~::.~ ~:; ~ ~rbl .T.aa'ldn,,:; farmt"n dlJn'l ha\1' !>U((I'SSlOn pl.ns b"..:ausl' Ihl!'Y dun"1 (on· ~Hler aKn~-ultur ... a dl.'p ... ndabh.' )Quru' uf IIvl'lIhood II .. bc-'hC'\1!'$ th.1 la~1.. of form. I ~u(<.:es;;lon r.lannmg ((tuld add a (on;;ld .. r.b I' n,,1. 10 Ih.. agncul lural ~t"<.Il>r. with s.o many peapit' 'lullling f.rmmg for o lh.r HIC.tHln!> A<.:curdlnK III him. Ilrm ... " wllhuUI •• uC(~Ion plan do nOI Invohe Ih"lT children In th ... runnlnlC III II", fum Ilr Ih~ bUM-

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nn. on • d.y - Io-da) I.\'d ThiS I.d; of Involve men I hI' nOled, could ImpaCI nega"v.1y In Ihe shorl and lonp; lerm . b.cau!te Ihe)' don't h'\'e SUC<.:Hili;:r Ide'!'."hn'I!:.'::' f~f'!'hi:.fth! !>aId morl.' larmen .... or lo. Nyond

re}~i,b~n51.~S"he ha~ • succes5Ion pl.n In pbn 10 ... n~url' smo,)ll,h tranSllion ~ome larmers, he said, COntmu" '0 worl.. 10 e.rn • !ivlng out 01 Ihe f.rm Ihroughou'j Iht'1T rellTl'menl .• Jdlng Ih.t Ihl.' proceeds can'l la1.1.' carl' of ,n I'\tra p.rtner Ill' ~,)ld returns from Ihe farm!> cann('ll guar.ntee regular

IOcom ... In rtl" ... m .. nt adding 'hat <;.ome don't h.\1I' ,.pltal '",el 10 p.ss onlo Ihl" nell.t lEt"n r-rallun For w,I,-hefs. SUHthlOn pl.nnIng h.1 lu be conliderN far ... rIIl'r and in • more form.1 w~y Ih.n II Thll're are grow'"g {on· (I'rns about f.rmeh who worl.. beyond Ih. litandard rellreml'nl .se and frequrntl", larm 10 .n adv.nCl'd ~ge COtlcr-rn) bordl" .,n hullh and ufl'ty ntoe.!!> .:tnd

d~:II~~~hm~~~ t~ido:~;1 rahryr!~:! l.cl' Inn .... std \ uln ... r.billh hi '"Junes and tJlnl'S!l and m.y (lIn·

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CllCU.t planta'hll\!o Arow-OIoiU ... Wid tho.: I'l"\'nlul..--t III Ihr agncullut<lll s..... lor wouki CR'.loeOH'r 20,1).1) lob, J.., ELJII )uudbolll,j ralW Ihr ICR by 100 rer cent .it rna lunlv Itt" saki )OUlIg fam'lot"fS N\·" t - l '"r,ported by Ih.. gm·l"mmMl' I,) (1..1 I\valt'750 hectafl"> of nn II. ~ f,lId proJuction In thr walt' lie WJJ. "'WI;" ~rY rnodenu:Mng a,; nrulturo:. Foe- la, II h.l:. gone br)'oJnd ~ubslSleIlO' kvll'l WI;" are g"'ln~ II t".t'fythI.nK II lolt.e.a.nJ .... ur ...-tUro.· 109 t~ufb We belll'\1!' Ihal ","Ilh IllTIl'. lhe retulb .... IlIl..eep Impmv10g unl11 WI!' ~et "I ..ur Uesllllolilon

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Accord,", III ~a,enu. thr dn.l.-e t. rnal... the ..ta, ... 1m: l"lKTldor "" th.. agro aillN »t....·lor w •• uld i<))fl bot· .om.. ~tv I .. WlJ ~Our deo.I, ... 1O rna~e !-lull "'Iall.' an loou.stnal ulrnJor lUI tho.> aKro .Uwd Sl'Cllon ..I I""" ",Ilwnal ,-":,,nonw 1:11. doni: d ....1 lllb ..-tilO<I doubt h.l\('. muillplll!'f ell«1 (ItI the !>I.I~ C'CI."WlOfnv II ldll"uld lho'rdo, .. bt: '>t'en Ihal Ihl. ~,ngular etit'rl woulo.l ..w • turdwr blow con ro' rrty .Iructure tn our !.and ob .",,,,hu 51~ 10 PUI the 1Tl<.1CUI1"r hi fltghl tn filii SIatlC'. I c.1I ,WI all tar~D 1·1 uk. full ~\·olIlla~C' of ttu& Of'pa' wmly 10 chang.. ih('u so.;·o-f'.:c.

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ITH nSlllg profile of loud ImJ'O'1S mlo thl.' c"""tn' • susl.llloIblf' agrxuhut<lll policy, c.ap.-b1e of promol1Og fann 10g by the populaCe ~ bet.'fl canvANoed by I~ M'n.lI,png Vlrect.>f of Olungoff Nigl'n~. Richard lIargr.ve ~kinp;.t thr I.undiof IIsfann· en Ltl., 1.1600.. Ilargra .. 1I' saKi t-.I' j5ert.·1 CfW\lInut"d dept"nJO:ll(e on Imporud lann produce Wli putting lhe IloIUOfI al fb.l.. <u tho! rra.11O.C' was UNiUlillmable .nd uninour· Ible lOIN! «ononly Iloe- laid thai dv g"\'rrruno.nl S tn.blilly 10 address UIlt'mpluymenl cn!ilI was a rHull~1 efff'Ct of the 1lI'g1ect tlw agnC'Ultur.1 s«IOf was lufi'enng..utlwW<Ctorh.dTIUI~

nt.de .ltnctlve 10 m.ny un... m· youlhs On thr fanners lit, hI'.sad -rho: Afnc:-a Fanners Kit from Ot~pjf not only rontributK tn add"""'g lhe grow'"g food .e<:unly ...... ~, bUI actually bnng!> 10. CltW gtnerallon of what lUi \I beo.:omUl8 I..nown u ··fact> b001. farmeu mt.'anltl~fu1 middle class u~. dnomancally higher than ....atlat.le 10 lhon briOI"l':. Tho:re IS litlk- painl m Irylng to enrou~ge our youlh Nd: mto famung if WI' cannOi ..1fer Ihem r.al opporlunlli .. ~ 10 adurve muo;h grNeer prosperlt)' m thetr lives and t'flterpfbl!' on • SUI.taUll'ddolytn/dayoutbillsl5.II)'ear round, ysr aher year -o.ZItTlKotf~ Afrxa F.mll'B K,t brings lfie grOW'"8 of IOmal9t" d~ 10 lhe urban cenlres 01 con5umptn\. .hmmabn3 Ihr ntnlill"dina')' hldl cosb IIi wUI.e .U'\J dlT Inbuhon 1",m North 10 SOlilh. The ""I"l1olwasonal !Jioruges.Ind pno.e hi eI hlump; orJu,"",r), Nlgrnans can .lso be complelely eh..TlIRated bec.1ll><I.! thl~ apptl)olCh wor~ 1'.... 'rywher.yearround,davlIldayoul. rq.rt1lea ttf citnub' v.natlllllS.. In f.cl IhI.' kil .I~ wor~ w Ih pt',>pen. cucumbcB .nd mt'iors lu.sl ,o.s pl~'ed

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nomIC mums from the inJustrr,. ~ w..J sud! tnformaUOfl will ~IVI" it lllf'tll'r undo.'notUldmg of thr IOOU!i1l) ... II '" huIo: and InflXm k-y do.....1!>IOfI mal..rD h.l......-.ma: WI'ot')', hr!taid.lSunpotUlnl MoIU,.. II ~ t\'1~....d

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Globally. h • .saId Iisherit'S are known IIlr MIlS t-lth). ~ 10 be well '" bnng III revC'flUl' and: supPort thousand:> cI ~ Thr IwaIth ill the NUOn' ~ fi;;h itocb.

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Afnc. I" I'row '>.In II. ("- ,driUlUlI KIII) 1ncn'l$lnr )"IC _ fold, on. prr tl«u.re b.I il!1 tn,tlc complrll<Jf" IlJ our 1'h. .... U T, .Is. H&rgra .oj! h[t~ thaI the tn.. JIl\ona' n ttMd. s,rowmg lorna ton .. ro 5 '"d, ,III upt!n h.IJ... undl'f lho. ~ tn It nolO. UlClud,"~ !'Ihgena, ".lfth an !oOUd\, ~_ until now. pro h .ced rvt"ll Yield!> 01 betwC"rrt I v,';u,d seven toruleS per heclare . "1\0 tan XI tn~ wortJcanbudJ :>U!>lalll.mlt _Ign.:: Itunl bw.I.---. uode,!IU h Jfll,lt ~ crop prloh Sad 10 N I tha en 01..11 of Ihno.> poor YlI!i4 I''''I!' ~ per Ct:Jl1 of '" NI holS biren 1~"H'"I' 1I1 ~ northrm .nd m~ 1I~1b. I of Nlgt'fI. hn subsequ.n Iy n.losllhrough poor polel llll"'''' dl5lnbulll)fl be-fon~ I'ven a nV.1 Into the big Ufb.n pop ... hu,. cenlres In Ihe South. E..I an~ ~esll'm "'SIOfb Thesotarr"",bt.. I~k.r clly Ih" rult.rSl~ the lakt home pn«' for 0 dU·. ty struggling )'1.;1genan.· I r Wdl-p Ill' lirew j d .. Importancr of ltit' lit. uYU"'5' ""~15 Important,s lhat wit! Ihll r dw:ally nt'w af" prO.lch, l\.e \1" mrasur.b y I"Ove" 1.1 wor n 1M most cNfFe.,glll81 f -"I '0 to growtng t'flvuonmrt b ~ tl tropicallOUtht-'rn coaslal Hall.'s {'eludmg Llgm. Ill.'rr ,n II... I"'Flcal ramfor~1 10pogr-arh',. 'olTlam p;rowUlK al SUtrtam.Dle c,.,n.ntrcial YI.lds h., been r.toellll'h' ~hallenglng.. Ii nut almolt II 'Iwll1t' brfcirt' --n-, .. II, tePll~lun v.nal,""",. high hU,"IJulf and tropica.l ~t challl.'ng -'i hili"" been far grC'.It'r than the I 11 WIota.nd northen\grow. log bl'1U y," II II In lhto toOUlh. S">l ,&TId "'H' 1t.. 1 till' milhonl .... unltnary pt.'(. ,I' W-UII to Indude." .1· fordable pncd. f~h Mahhy 10· maIO In h.'!r J ..." al • T'l".:K>Nbl" poce _ h .ioo er...-ery day Alrfl(bl every dOl, gcjl "'Ilgenan wMIL.... er their Ind vIJUoL I b..'lt.ground (IC" 1'(1)nom,c c n urrstanct" Includ~. III onl.' IT tflolh£'r. tomal >.l In thelT J ... ...nd tll;;hn.~ he adJrJ Tht' lh. IIm.n 01 Iht' (omp.ny. I'rol io;.c'" Ot.ncan e.pres>oed lho: nt"t'd /'" u. mlelllilflt'J llpproa..--h 10 Iht gft>\<' tt oS Ihe> a"ncullural 101"\:IIlr

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THE NATION, 12 OCTOBER, 2012  

Nigerian farmers withour succession plans