Nigeria: National Broadcasting Commission insists on a one percent obligation to run programmes for farmers

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Faced with food what one Ministry official described as a “looming food crisis”, the Ondo State Ministry of Information, Orientation and Mobilisation is insisting that the National Broadcasting Commission provide at least 1% of its programmes explaining Government programmes to farmers.

The advice was accepted and adopted as one of the items in a communiqué issued during the 39th meeting of the National Council on Information and Communications held in Bayelsa State capital Yenagoa.

The Permanent Secretary, Ondo state ministry of information, Mrs. Dunni Fagbayibo, who presented the memorandum spoke on the roles of information managers in stemming the looming food crisis in the country. Mrs. Fagbayibo also emphasised the need for farmers to embrace mechanised agriculture in order to increase food production.

The memo equally challenged information managers to meet regularly to develop strategic framework for systematic education of farmers by supplying relevant information on ways to increase food production.

The Council also urged government at all levels to evolve aggressive communication strategies as necessary ancillary to the new agricultural initiative to forestall food crisis and boost food production in the country, noting that efforts should be made to ensure that fertilizer is distributed promptly twice a year to states during planting season.

Daily Champion (Lagos) 15 August 2008