AGRICULTURAL NEGLECT AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN NIGERIA

BY

OLUSEUN PATRICK BAMGBOYE
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Uyo, Uyo
Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

SUMMARY
The paper observed that Nigeria enjoyed a vibrant agriculturally induced national development from the 1950s till the early 1970s, when successive governments started neglecting agriculture because of the huge revenues accruing from the sale of crude oil. The globalization theory is used as our theoretical framework. The emphasis of the theory is on the economic interdependence and integration across national boundaries which often make developing countries dependent on the developed ones. Because of the descriptive nature of this study, we relied on secondary source of data collection as a methodology from which we identified that the neglect did not only affect agricultural development itself, but also national development of the country, which by implication has retarted the growth and development of key sectors of the Nigerian economy. Finally, the paper recommends inter-alia, that appropriate legal framework be put in place to diversify the Nigerian economy to a more productive sector such as agriculture. Also, an increase in budgetary allocation to agriculture would go along away in bringing back the lost glory in agriculture and by implication enhance its contributions to national development.

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Posted in VOLUME 16 N0. (2) SEPTEMBER 2014.

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