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Oxfam praises Kebbi Govt. for the investment of 10% annual budget in agriculture -Nigerian

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Kebbi Country Coordinator Oxfam International, Mr. Olumide Ojo, praised the state government on Monday for providing 10 percent of its annual budget for the agricultural sector.

Ojo gave the award during a press conference commemorating World Food Day 2018 in Birinin Kebbi.

Oxfam is a International Alliance of 20 NGOs working with partners in over 90 countries to end the injustices that cause poverty.

"From 2016 to 2018, the Kebbi government regularly provided more than 10 percent of its annual budget for the agricultural sector.

"In 2018, the state government has selected N12.5 billion out of a budget of 109.7 billion NN for agriculture.

"In 2017, it has chosen over N14 billion from the budget of N 139.3 billion for the same sector.

"The budget allocation for the Agriculture and Rural Development sector for 2015 is 11.4 percent, while for 2016 it is 10.1 percent," he said.

The Oxfam coordinator said agricultural investment in the state has also been successful, adding that the state is also known for increased annual agricultural production, especially in rice, wheat, sorghum and corn.

He also praised the level of state government commitments that he said attracted public and private sector investment into the state.

Ojo said Oxfam International and the Development Exchange Center (DEC), with the support of the European Union and the EU, are working with government and non-governmental organizations to promote food security.

The coordinator said that the joint effort should also strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities in communities.

He said that a study conducted by Oxfam in selected rural communities in the state in March 2017 revealed that as many as 67 percent of people in rural communities do not have food security.

Ojo added that the individuals concerned were those whose livelihood was agriculture and other resource-based activities.

"Worrying is the fact that women and young people make up more than 42 percent of those who are most affected by the ugly manifestation of food and nutrition in rural areas," he said.

Ojo called on federal, state and local governments to develop and implement specific strategies that strengthen agricultural production and strengthen agricultural resilience in the face of uncertain weather and climate variables.

"To avoid hunger, stakeholders need to work together to raise awareness about hunger, hunger and malnutrition, especially because it affects the rural population in Africa."

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