roles of government in agricultural development. Government plays an important role in the development of agriculture in Nigeria.
This role of government in agricultural development has helped to solve the numerous problems which resulted in the poor development of agriculture which is a factor role of government in agricultural development
The roles of government in agricultural production include
Provision of credit facilities: The government, one of the roles of government in agricultural development through its various agencies, has helped in the provision of credit facilities to farmers in the form of loans, credit and subsidies.
Agencies like Nigeria Agricultural and Co-operative Nigeria (N.A.C.B), Agricultural Credit Guarantee Scheme (A.C.G.S), etc were established to give loans to farmers.
Establishment of agriculture programmes: The government decided to establish agriculture programmes with the aim of boosting greater production of crops and livestock and many other roles of the government
Example of such programmes includes:
River Basin Development Authority (RBDA)
Green Revolution (GR)
Operation Feed the Nation (OFN)
Agricultural Development Projects(ADP)
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Provision of farm input: Farm input like chemicals, farm tools and implements and fertilizers, improved seeds are not only provided by the government in sufficient quantities but are subsided to enable peasant farmers to buy and use them
Provision of storage and processing facilities: In order to prevent food wastage and provide food in periods of scarcity, the government decided to provide storage and processing facilities in all parts of the country roles of government in agricultural development
Provision of basic amenities: In order to discourage the migration of able-bodied men and youths from rural to urban areas,
the government has endeavoured to provide basic amenities such as electricity, pipe-borne water and health care services in rural areas roles of government in agricultural development
Provision of an efficient transportation network: The government, through its agencies like the Directorate for Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI),
has helped in the construction of feeder roads in rural areas to east transportation of produce from the farm or rural areas to the urban centre
Provision of Pest and Diseases Control services: For farmers to produce foodstuffs in large quantities, one of the roles of government in agricultural development is that the government makes provision for drugs,
chemicals and vaccines which are used for pest and disease control=== roles of government in agriculture
Provision of extension services: Extension services enable new ideas and innovations to get the rural farmers.
The government has helped to employ qualified and experienced extension officers to person these roles
Provision of agricultural education: In view of the fact that the majority of Nigerian farmers are illiterate, the government decided to provide adult education e.g. nomadic education (for cattle rearers),
to enable them to read and write, to apply modern systems of farming and also to promote easy acceptance of new techniques and innovation in agriculture— roles of government in agriculture
Provision of research findings: In order to improve the local varieties or breeds of crops and animals respectively,
the government also set up numerous research institutes for local crops and animals with a view to increasing productivity.