The ECOWAS Parliament ended its second ordinary session in Abuja, Nigeria, with a resolve to foster greater integration between and among member- states to improve agricultural production in the sub-region.
The parliament wants member-countries to get to work immediately by reviewing their performance in agriculture in the previous years with a view to increasing output to guarantee food security.
As the ECOWAS began consideration for funding of agricultural development in the sub-region, goodwill messages poured in from various interest groups like the Small Women Farmers of Nigeria, ActionAid, Oxfam, Trust Africa, CNC, and the ECOWAS Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
All the groups called on the Parliament to ensure more investment in Agriculture considering the fact that the Sub Region is blessed with fertile lands.
They equally canvassed more women participation in agriculture as well as mechanization of the sector to encourage youth participation in the sector.
The closing session also featured presentations on ECOWAS performance at the AU Biennial Review Process and on the current State of Public Financing in ECOWAS Member-States.
Speaker of the Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo assured that 10 percent of the budget will be allocated to financing in order to improve mechanised farming as well as encourage youth participation in the sector.
He admitted that ECOWAS fell short of its Agricultural responsibilities during the year in review and urged the Parliamentarians to mount pressure on their home governments to adopt the Malabo Resolution on Agriculture to enable the region meet its target on food production in the coming year.
Parliamentarians tasked ECOWAS Member-States to work on improving agriculture technologies as the ones presently in use are far outdated and not favourable for use so as to improve agricultural inputs.
ECOWAS Heads of States and governments are expected to consider recommendations from the sub-regional parliament at their next meeting scheduled for next weekend in Abuja for implementation in their countries.
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