The Director Centre for Agriculture and Pastoral Research of the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto, Prof. Lawali Abubakar, has called for the diversification of the economy through huge investment in agriculture and mining.
Abubakar told the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto at the weekend that diversification of the economy in the two sectors could tackle poverty and the economic challenges bedevilling the county.
He said that the Federal and state governments should make available farm inputs to farmers between April and June every year at affordable rates to enable them access the commodity in time.
He emphasised that this would prepare ground for farmers to plant various crops and ensure massive production with a view to enhancing food security in the country.
He also called for provision of seeds as well as retraining of agriculture extension workers by experts to properly educate farmers on the new methods and techniques of farming.
He said that the extension workers must be close to the farmers for proper sensitisation on modalities of maintaining crops at early stage against any threat from pest.
He advised the Federal and state governments to come out with policies that would ensure that excess crops produced by farmers are purchased and stored in warehouses to ameliorate the hardship being faced by the people.