Nigeria has an estimated population of 140 million. About 75% of this number resides in the rural areas with agriculture as the main stay of their occupation. In spite of the abundant land and water resources that abound in this area, 80 – 90% of Nigeria poor reside in the rural communities. The dismal performance of the sector has stunted the economic development of the country. Several factors account for this unfortunate state of affairs. This include inconsistent government policies, lack of access to credit, low utilisation of agro-inputs, low adoption of improved agricultural technology, under development of the various value chain and absence of a virile processing and marketing industry.
With the gradual aging of the rural farm population, there is need for the development of coherent policies to attract the youth to agriculture. Luckily the country is blessed with a teeming population of active, knowledgeable and significant number of educated youth to lead this drive. The harnessing of the productive energies of this class of Nigerians will go a long way in repositioning agriculture as the engine room of the Nigerian economy. This will substantially reduce youth un employment, poverty, youth restiveness, crime and other social vices that has be-devilled our communities.