ZIMBABWEAN DEFENCE COLLEGE STUDENTS ON STUDY TOUR OF NIGERIA

PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
19/03/2014

Zimbabwean National Defence College students arrived here Monday on a study tour of the nation’s food security programme and understand
the pivotal role food security play in
ensuring Nigeria’s security. Towards this end, members of the College
Tuesday paid a courtesy visit on the
Federal Ministry of Agriculture.

The Commandant General of the Defence College, Air Vice Marshal Michael Moyo, said that given the security challenges the nation is facing,Nigeria,among other countries, was chosen to create a learning
platform for them to understand the role government institutions play in enhancing national security.

According to Air Vice Marshal Moyo, “we are here to understudy how Nigerian institutions contribute to national security, especially the role they play in agriculture, food security, energy among others. We wish to learn from our big brother. And with all the infrastructures I have seen in the capital city, I know the choice of Nigeria is not a bad one.”

Nigerian Minister of State for Agriculture,Hajiya Asabe Ahmed,noted the role the government is playing in guaranteeing food security for the citizenry, saying that “once the food security situation is gotten right, then the security of the nation is certain.”

To enhance national security through
agriculture, Ahmed disclosed that the
ministry has embarked on massive
employment of youths into the sector and introduction of farm mechanisation, thereby making agriculture more attractive.

She added that “government has
embarked on dry season farming,
engaging idle youth in food production and are taking their attention away from fomenting trouble.”

The Nigerian Minister appealed to Zimbabweans to look beyond national
security and work towards partnership with Nigeria towards the goal of boosting agriculture and ensuring food security in Africa.

Hajia Ahmed told the Zimbabwean
military delegation that last year, 10
States of the Nigerian federation
participated in the dry season farming while in this year’s dry season farming, 24 States are participating.

Nigeria, she said, has made giant strides in its Growth Enhancement Scheme as in 2012, five million farmers were registered while 1.2million of the farmers were able to receive their fertilizer and seeds through mobile phones. In 2013, 10million farmers were registered and 6.2million got their farm input through their telephones.

Nigeria, Hajia Ahmed noted, is ready to transfer its knowledge and share its success story with other African countries so as to develop agriculture in the continent.

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15 Responses to ZIMBABWEAN DEFENCE COLLEGE STUDENTS ON STUDY TOUR OF NIGERIA

  1. Yagazie says:

    Zimbabwe really has nothing to learn from Nigeria as far as food security is concerned. They were the breadbasket of their region before Mugabe went on his ill-advised land grab and chased out the white farmers and their farm workers who were producing enough food to feed the country with enough left over for export. Now they are a basket case. A shame really. However they do have a decent army/air-force.

  2. jimmy says:

    nah wah how the mighty have fallen from bread basket of SOUTHERN AFRICA to BASKET CASE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA.

  3. Are James says:

    Take them to Kwara State. Expelled white Zimbabwean farmers are doing what they’ve been doing for centuries before Mugabe threw them out.

    On a more serious note, this is reading like a prophecy come through.
    I wrote to a friend two months ago that the world would be coming soon to Nigeria to learn how to do market driven but grassroots anchored agriculture from one just man – our own Minister of Agriculture.

  4. Delavegas says:

    This is the way of the world. Change is the only constant.
    Nigeria was once top producer of Palm produce. Malaysia learned from Nigeria and has taken over the position. Nigeria now goes to Malaysia to re-learn.
    In the same vein, Zimbabwe used to be top in terms of agriculture even exporting and Mugabe in his ill-conceived zealousness for some perceived equality took away the lands of white Zimbabweans, and now it’s coming to re-learn from Nigeria. I’m so sorry that Nigeria make full use of that opportunity and rush grant all those farmers with lands and citizenship to enable them contribute their expertise in the Nigerian agricultural sector.
    Zimbabwe is reinventing the wheel if you ask me. It will have been best if it made peace with it’s expelled/exiled citizenry as opposed to trying to learn from scratch from another “used-to-be-top” nation.

  5. asorockweb says:

    It’s interesting how non-Zimbabweans can dreg up nostalgia about Zimbabwe’s past.

    Mugabe is NOT a wise leader, but he had very little choice in terms of how to recover the land from white farms.

    The black natives of Zimbabwe started an insurgency against the racist Rhodesian state to recover their lands, and for equality as citizens.

    At first, the insurgency wasn’t really effective, but with time, it became more deadly – more than half the casualties suffered by the Rhodesians occurred during the last 18 months of the war.

    As part of the deal, Britain and the US agreed to foot the bill for compensating the white farmers for the lands that they claimed as their own.

    But only a small portion of the compensation money was ever made available – Britain cited corruption in the Mugabe government as the reason why it won’t pay up.

    The white farmers won’t give up their land for free – they are farmers and land is their primary asset.
    Hence, the Mugabe laws and the forced reclamation.

    In the 70s, The white farmer owned about 70% of Rhodesia’s arable land.
    Most of these lands were taken by force by the British colonial government after World War I and then used to resettle the veterans of that war.

    The victorious veterans of the Rhodesian bush war could only wait for so long before they started reclaiming the lands of their fathers.

    A wiser leader than Mugabe would have found a better way to deal with the dilemma of returning the lands and treating ALL citizens fairly, but wise leaders are very rare, any where in the world.

  6. Tope says:

    I want us to think twice before criticising Mugabe, Asian Countries did Exactly what Mugabe did and today Malaysia, Taiwan, Phillipinnes,South Korea, Burma, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and many of the Asian Countries came together to Trade and Increased dia IGR immensely. Issue was The Whites who controlled 90% of Land Resources wanted to milk the country dry and move, if I was Mugabe I would do da Same thing only differently…..I would make it so unbearable to do business in Zimbabwe, the Taxes they will pay will be such that no profit is made and dey will see reason to leave.

    USA and Britain Compounded issues by Embargo and dia Anti-African Rhetorics den notice after that South Africa issue came up! They also placed Embargoes on Ethopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria et al…. Mugabe was right to do Land Distribution issue was he went directly. He should have used another Avenue.

    Taiwan did this by making sure all the Rich people paid steep taxes they decided to leave da lands to proxies and sooner sold da Land for pittance to da poor farmers and who produced crops for Export, once dia was Economic buoyancy they decided to invest in Education in Science and Technology and R and D. It will interest. You to. Note that Samsung was initially a Fish Company so u can see that sometimes its not how you begin.

    I think the Major Mistake Mugabe did was not have an inclusive Redistribution policy that made Citizens Own Land and Bring da Ratio to 60 :20:20 meaning 60%. Of. Land for Citizens 20%. For Government to Redistribute to African Investors and 20% to Remain with the White Farmer.

    Dats my own opinion on this issue.

  7. Akin Oges says:

    Dr. Adewunmi is one individual in this regime to follow closely. The man is clearly competent. When the contrived flood took out the food basket region and other areas of Nigeria few years ago, it was believed terrible food scarcity will set in the following year. It never did. However, his “mobile phones for farmers” policy though a brilliant novel idea; I think he could have done more public sensitisation on the policy; that way the neeedless cynicisms and strong views would have been avoided. Still, he is a star performer. The Good Lord grant him wisdom and grace.

  8. Tope says:

    I watched Him. On Channels TV dis morning and da man is increasingly Creative, I just pray whoever succeeds him can continue his policies.

    The Cassava Idea is novel and has helped employ 1 million farmers this is not story, in Kogi State alone you have 300,000 cassava farmers due to presence of an American Firm that needs dis Cassava’s to produce Sweeteners.

    The Dry Season farming has seen 24 States practise It leading to surplus food and even da FAO commended Nigeria for this.

    The first ever Economic Summit on Agriculture was held and included Co-operatives that are going to collaborate with Private Firms for Silos nationwide and Warehouses to store food.

    Recently a 40 million dollar VC backed a Farm I think in Jos or so don’t remember where exactly.

    Me I want to invest in Agric its da Sure way to go.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Na im Ooo brotherly. But I think Dr. Adewunmi and Aganga whilst making tangible improvements are also building institutions. Both ministries (hitherto job-for-the-boys-portfolios) will never be the same again. What strikes me as remarkable is the bottomless well of talents we have got; scattered all over the globe are Nigerians with bewildering talents and clever minds. Once we can “hold our side tight” politically, there is no stopping Nigeria…

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Tope, try this site:
      http://www.AgricultureNigeria.com
      I tried, in the past, to show this link as an example of an information platform that Nigerian institutions might find useful, but it didn’t make it past the censors.

      Oga beegs, you should consider Beegs 2.0

  9. jimmy says:

    OGA BEEGS I BEG MAKE YOU TALK ABOUT UNCLE BOB BECAUSE THIS TALK WEY I DEY HEAR NAH WAH
    The war has been over for more than thirty years no one remembersef who was fighting who. The so called” white” and this term that one has to use literally did most of their buisness with the “Black Zimbabwean ” citizens I beg enough of this b.s . UNCLE BOB ran out of money fighting everybody in the western world all at the same time and he had to find a way after completely destroying the economy using godawful policies ( hello oga tope do you want to exchange n1 for 1 million or is 1 billion worthless ZIMBABWEAN dollars who are we kidding?
    Come on now AGRICULTURE AND MINERAL DEPOSITS are the mainstay of the country’s economy that is why his army went in to the congo now because they kabila puleeese!
    All the whites have fled to Nigeria , Mozambique ( yes nah true comrade in arms no reach belle).
    And he is trying to reach out and touch by blaming GEJ .When ” en dey come beg for money to fight oyinbo en no sabi say corruption dey nah when money pafuka finish for en country wey oyinbo bounce na then him sabi make im go hug transformer.”

  10. jimmy says:

    *not because they loved kabila*

  11. Yagazie says:

    Any right thinking Federal Nigerian Govt that wants to suceed, should have an executive council of ministers that is composed of both brilliant ‘technocrats’ and ‘politicians’. For effective results, put the techoncrats in charge of sensitive ministries like (i) Finance, (ii) Agriculture, (iii) Petroleum, (iv)Solid Minerals, (v) Aviation, (vi) Defence, (vii) Foreign Affairs, (viii)Trade and Industry, (ix) Power, (x) Works, (xi) Labour, (xii) Mines and Steel, (xiii) Transport, (xiv) Internal Affairs, (xv)Youth and Sports, (xvi)Water Rescources, (xvii) National Planning, (xviii) Special Duties (xix)Police Affairs (xx) Health and (xxi) Women Affairs. The politicians can be in charge of what is left!!.

    • Akin Oges says:

      My thoughts exactly. And those ministries with clever technocrats have performed well: Trade and Industry, Finance, Agriculture and Telecommunication. Works and Power are on the next rung of second best, serious efforts have been made by both ministries; it took about 8 hours to travel from Lagos to Benin in the past; that arterial road has been rehabilitated, Lagos to Benin is now 4 hours max. The fact that power (by all intent and purpose) has been yanked from the vise grasp of the almighty and diabolical “electricity unions” and handed over to private owner investors is something worth noting; I suspect what happened in the telecommunication industry will play out in the new power industry in due time; those purpose vehicle firms who bought the licences will give way to real players in the power industry: General Electric, Siemens, Manitoba Hydro etc – just like Econet had changed hands many times.

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