18 January 2013

Nigeria: Phones for Farmers to End Corruption in Agric-Minister

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina yesterday said the introduction of mobile phones for farmers has helped in ending 40 years of corruption in the procurement and distribution of fertilisers in the country.

The minister recently came under public criticism for his proposed 10 million phones for farmers.

According to a statement by the spokesman of the ministry, Salisu Na'inna Danbatta, the minister made the statement while receiving the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mr. Rajiv Shah during a courtesy call in Abuja.

He said the distribution of mobile phones to deliver agro-inputs to farmers through the e-Wallet policy has ended years of corruption in the agriculture procurement and distribution of fertilisers by the Federal Government.

In his remarks, Khan attributed the success so far achieved in transforming the sector to the minister's commitment.

Copyright © 2013 Daily Trust. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.