In Nigeria there are
millions of smallholder households/farmers and indigenous communities working to improve their
livelihoods in an environment characterised by dwindling government support and increased competition
between producers, processing companies and retailers within agricultural markets. These competition
between players within the same value chains leads to concentration of powers in parts to the detriment
of the other players leading to overall sub-optimal performance for all.
Therefore, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) has collaborated with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) towards an evidence-based sensitization campaign in Nigeria titled: “Moving from Farm Pain to Farm Gain” and the passage of the following bills:
The sensitization workshop was held in partnership with: The Foundation for Partnerships in Niger Delta (PIND), The Convention Centre on Business Integrity (CBI), Association of Small Scale Agro-Producers Processors in Nigeria (ASSAPIN) and OXFAM across 5 Nigerian geopolitical regions namely the South-South, South-West, South-East, North-West and North-Central.
When the Bill is passed the seed market will become structured and the Seeds Council will regularly publish National Seed Catalogues showing seed and price varieties eligible for certification in Nigeria. The Bill will also ensure that seeds rejected by foreign countries will not be dumped into the Nigerian Market.
When the Bill is passed, it will safeguard farmers against nutrient deficiencies which arise from fertiliser deception and adulteration. Create an enabling environment for businesses in the fertiliser industry to thrive and Improve the productivity of the agriculture sector
When the Bill is passed, it will aid licensing of warehouses and regulation of its activities, Warehouses establishing which will be regulated by the Nigerian Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency and its Governing Board. It will provide a licensing procedure, rights and obligations of a warehouse operator, process for resolution of disputes and financial provisions