AGRICULTURE IS POTENT TOOL FOR POVERTY REDUCTION, JOB CREATION AND FOOD SECURITY – Says Jotina Aladesuyi
July 8, 2023
Says Jotina Aladesuyi
APC Executive Chairmanship aspirant in AKNW
Prince Kayode Joseph Aladesuyi (Jotina) identifies agriculture as a potent tool for poverty reduction, job creation and food security.
On poverty reduction, Akoko Northwest executive chairmanship aspirant, Prince Jotina Aladesuyi said, “Agriculture is a powerful poverty reduction tool. According to the Word Bank(2010), for every one percent growth in Agriculture, poverty declines by as much as two percent. Given the fact that majority of those who are hungry lives in rural areas and depend on agriculture and natural resources for their livelihood, investing in agriculture is the most efficient way to target those in need.”
In the area of job creation, Prince Jotina, who said about 100 million young people enter the labour market every year globally and Nigeria’s population currently stands at over 160 million with about 35% or 58.5 milion of this population unemployed, posted, Agriculture being the biggest employer of labour in Africa and responsible for over half of export earnings has the potential to play a major role in the continent’s development.
Prince JOTINA agricultural economist, described food security as availability of food and ability to purchase it, says Agriculture provides the livelihood of over two third of Africa’s poor and assumes even greater importance in the continent’s poorer countrys.
The Irun Akoko born prosperous farmer, Prince Jotina Aladesuyi regretted that despite the policies and laudable programmes, abundant natural resources, numerous all season rivers and a favorable tropical climate, Nigeria is yet to achieve remarkable progress in raising agricultural production and productivity because these policies and programmes vary only in nomenclature and organization network.
As a way of wriggling out of the daunting challenges during his anticipating administration in Akoko Northwest local government if God willing, Prince Jotina said a number of measure would be put in place to provide solution and reduce poverty to a bearable state in his council by channeling his wealth of experience in agricultural economy to mobilize his people into the farming by providing necessary tools for them to thrive.
As a professional farmer, Prince Jotina promised in adopting different approach and work round the clock to ensure that his people are bailout of poverty during his own government at the council.