Appointment of Qualified Professionals
Experts stress the importance of appointing qualified professionals as the minister of agriculture, rather than politicians. This move would bring expertise and focus to the sector, enabling it to generate greater income for the nation.
Agriculture as a Business
The agricultural sector should be recognized as a business, with farmers viewed as capitalists rather than government employees. Providing an enabling environment for farmers, instead of relying on subsidies, would empower them to thrive and contribute to national development.
Local Empowerment and Collaboration
Agriculture predominantly takes place in local government areas, making it essential to empower and support local governments in their developmental efforts. Collaborating with institutions like the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) can help create an environment that facilitates the transfer of knowledge and resources to farmers at the grassroots level.