The Director of Joval Processors, Ibadan, Mr Sanni Ganiyu, on Monday urged the Federal Government to ensure that necessary facilities that would enhance agricultural production were put in place.
Ganiyu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that with adequate infrastructure the the private investors in agriculture would operate effectively and contribute to the nation’s food security.
He said that for now, inadequate infrastructure was a major challenge facing agro-business.
The Director of the company that engaged in general agricultural except livestock said that government should provide basic infrastructure to ease production and movement of farm produce.
“Government should intensify efforts aimed at providing basic amenities needed to promote agro-business.
“Crops can be grown commercially with the aid of equipment and these equipment cannot function without electricity.
“Also, by providing basic facilities, it will attract more private investors to venture into the agriculture business,” Ganiyu said.
According to Ganiyu, electricity and access roads should be given urgent attention to help the sector.
He said that private sector investment in agriculture could enjoy a boost with availability or developed infrastructure such as silos and electricity supply to enable storage.
He added that development of access roads from the rural areas to urban centres where most farm produce were demanded could also increase private participation in agriculture development nationwide. (NAN)