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Thursday, February 2, 2012

AU to motivate African countries to increase budgetary allocation to agric

Fighting food security in Africa, African Union is set to motivate African countries to increase their national budgetary allocations to agriculture a minimum of 10 per cent, SierraExpressMedia reports.
This, the AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Mrs. Rhoda Peace Tumusiime said at a press conference about the issue of agriculture and food security in the context of the comprehensive African Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP).
The 10 per cent minimum requirement for agriculture budgetary allocation, NaijaAgroNet gathered is to ensure agricultural growth of 6 per cent.
Part of the efforts of the Department of Rural Economy and Agriculture as revealed by the commissioner includes coordination of multi-institutional support of the preparation of agricultural sector investment plans both at country and regional levels, this in order to for CAADP to reach its set goals.
Commissioner Tumusiime said that out of the 54 member states of the AU, only 30 have already yielded to the CAADP 10% strategic plan, and a number of them have surpassed the 10% requirement. This shows great commitment, she said. Read more
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