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ActionAid urges FG to promote agro-ecology in 2020 budget

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ActionAid Nigeria, an NGO and stakeholder in the agriculture sector has urged the Federal Government to include agro-ecology in the 2020 agriculture budget to guard against unpredictable climate change.

Mr Azubuike Nwokoye, Agricultural Programme Coordinator for ActionAid Nigeria, made the appeal on Wednesday in Lokoja at a two-day stakeholders consultative meeting on 2020 Agriculture budget.

He said data from 2014 indicated that Nigeria was very vulnerable to drastic and unpredictable climate changes which caused soil erosion, landslides, crop failures, inadequate rainfall, food insecurity and other uncertainties.

Nwokoye said the difference agro-ecology which is application of ecology to agriculture made was that it sustained the soil and ecosystem as well as productivity.

According to Nwokoye, agro-ecology does not require large expanse of land in order to be able to produce.

Therefore, it is necessary to alert the government on the dangers of making chemical inputs into the 2020 agricultural budget.

“It will be more profitable to make provisions for organic fertilisers than chemical fertilisers in the 2020 agriculture budget.

“This is because chemical fertilisers as inputs, contribute greatly to the green house gases which cause negative impact on climate change.

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