ActionAid Nigeria, an international non-governmental organisation, Tuesday, disclosed that Nigeria loses over N3.5 trillion to post-harvest losses annually across the nation.
The food and agriculture programme manager ActionAid Nigeria, Mr Azubike Nwokoye disclosed this in Lokoja during a stakeholders’ consultative meeting on the Kogi state 2024 agriculture budget organised by Kogi state Budget Committee Group (BCG) and Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOOFON) in collaboration with Kogi state Ministry of Agriculture with support from ActionAid Nigeria.
According to him, the loss is affecting the national economy adversely, noting that the analysis which was based on survey conducted by ActionAid revealed that out of the N3.5 trillion loss, Kogi state alone loses a minimum of N93 billion annually.
He called on the federal and state governments to urgently invest vigorously in small cottage processing and storage facilities in rural communities to tackle the challenges of post harvest losses experienced by small holders women farmers across the country.
“This figure is actually an estimate from the federal government itself. But what we have done is a further analysis to show states how big these N3.5 trillion is. Because what is happening is also when state governments hear N3.5 trillion annually, they assume it is federal government problem but federal government does not have land.
“The lands are in the states and these losses are at the state level. So, we’ve done analysis for instance, taking the N3.5 trillion and sharing it on equal basis across the 36 states as well as the FCT and Kogi has a share of N93 billion” he said.
In his welcome address, the chairperson, Kogi Budget Committee Group, Mr Mathias Okpanachi, said the meeting and discussions are not merely dialogues aimed at building blocks of a sustainable, resilient future for agriculture in Kogi state.
“Our collective knowledge is a powerful tool, and together, we have the capacity to cultivate innovation, address challenges, and sow the seeds of progress,” he stated.