Preliminary comments on the 2018 federal government’s budget proposal for agriculture


The National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS) under the auspices of the Voices for Food Security (VFS) commends the President and the Budget Office of the Federation for the timely presentation of the 2018 budget. This for us raises the hope that the 2018 budget implementation will commence earlier in order to achieve a better and higher budget performance in the ensuing year. The early presentation of the budget is for us a clear indication of the Federal Government’s recognition of the fact that agriculture, particularly farming is seasonal project and must therefore be well prepared ahead of next year’s planting season approaches. 2. NANTS further applauds Mr President and the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) for the attention accorded the agricultural sector in this administration, knowing that the agricultural sector is vital to the economic diversification agenda in Nigeria. With reference to the President’s budget speech, the development of the 33,000 hectares of irrigation land and plans to develop more in Enugu, Anambra and Jigawa is highly commendable, as this will go a long way to improve the productivity of our farmers and reduce the farmer’s dependence on rains for agricultural production.

NANTS Preliminary Comments on the 2018 Agric Budget