Agriculture in Nigeria is very challenging for farmers and investors. Unfortunately, things will NOT change overnight. Simply, until we make farmers businesspeople from just ancestral custodians of culture, nothing significant will happen. Most people do not farm to make profit – the gold standard of any venture; they farm because that is a way of life with making profit a secondary nexus.
So, you see a man who has been farming for 10 years and yet is still poor. With blazing irony, a man in the community of farmers will expect government to send him food!
Nonetheless, he will continue to farm even though the “business” is not working. In other trades, the man could have moved from selling corn to pure water or something else. But in farming, the output does not drive the next year strategy.
That is the biggest challenge in Nigerian agriculture – inability to make farmers businesspeople.
$1 trillion market? It is possible. We need to change the attitude of farmers.
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