Sources, integrity of Nigeria’s agriculture data are doubtful – Lawmaker

A Law maker representing, Andoni-Opobo/Nkoro Federal Constituency in the House of Representative, Dr. Awaji-Inombek Abiante has questioned the sources and integrity of data being quoted in the agricultural sector, saying its integrity is doubtful.

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other international organisations have different statistics on different aspect of Nigeria agriculture that each claim to be authentic.

But Dr. Abiante while reacting to the report on Nigeria’s performance during the National Parliamentary briefing on the Africa Union 3rd Biennial Review (BR) Report on the implementation of comprehensive Africa Agricultural Development Programme (CAADP) in Nigeria organised in collaboration with the House Committee and Senate Committee on Agriculture, said Nigeria has no data for the sector and has not made any progress because of lack of same. “We don’t have very reliable data, short and simple.

“If we must plan, budget, and project for anything data is important; you need to know how many farmers you truly have not farmers in the offices not farmers whose farmlands are in their briefcases.

“How many farmers we have, what is their hecrage; how many acres and hectares of what? We need to have this data, you have that data you will be able to project, and say I have 20 farmers, what are their requirements, their requirements should also be based on the data that you have generated, what is the volume of fertilizer that they will need, what to be the volume of pesticides they will need? What is going to be likely output that they will have if they have output X value, and we’re only able to take off B, the difference between x and B should be what would be left. We’re going to preserve, process so that we don’t allow them to waste.

“If you go to our market, farm, even on the streets, you find out that things that people men and women take as food because they were not preserved and processed end up wasted.