PRESIDENT BUHARI PLEASED WITH EBONYI, LAGOS, OGUN AND KEBBI FOR THEIR STRIDES IN AGRICULTURE

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The need to have the economy diversified from a mono economy – crude oil to other areas of activities has been one of the focal points of the administration of President Buhari. Having put in many resources in the form of capacity building, access to credit and creation of enabling environment for the farmers to thrive, the presidency has  over the years demonstrated commitment to Agro- revolution in the country, a process that is designed to wean Nigeria from crude oil.

Speaking on the strides most states have made, the President took to the social media to commend states that have made an impact on this sector. In his words ” I am very pleased that young Nigerians are taking agriculture seriously. Through it, we have the potential to feed our entire population, as well as to create jobs and prosperity for large numbers of Nigerians. I commend all the young entrepreneurs who are heeding the call.”

He continued “Some States, like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Kano are also leading the way in taking advantage of the Federal Government’s policies in agriculture, and are already seeing results. I urge other States to emulate them, and plug into the ongoing revolution to feed Nigeria.We are taking our focus on agriculture to the next level. In our first term, we partnered with Morocco to revive abandoned fertilizer blending plants across the country, and also introduced the Anchor Borrowers’ Program to provide cheap credit to small scale farmers.”

Talking about value chain and the impact it has in the sector, President Buhari opined that ” We also developed the food security program that provided capital to large scale food processors to enable them to off-take the grains produced by smallholder farmers. All of these, and more, aimed at addressing the value-chain issues confronting Agriculture in Nigeria.”

On the future projections and what the administration intend to achieve , the President promised to introduce new policies and create an environment that would enable farmers to thrive. “Over the next four years we will continue to introduce and implement policies that will support cultivation and consumption of locally produced food items. Nigeria stands to benefit a lot, in terms of jobs, expansion of our rural economy, savings in our foreign reserves, and so on” he concluded.

 

 

Anthony Emeka Nwosu

 

 

 

“Some States, like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Kano are also leading the way in taking advantage of the Federal Government’s policies in agriculture, and are already seeing results. I urge other States to emulate them, and plug into the ongoing revolution to feed Nigeria.We are taking our focus on agriculture to the next level. In our first term, we partnered with Morocco to revive abandoned fertilizer blending plants across the country, and also introduced the Anchor Borrowers’ Program to provide cheap credit to small scale farmers.”

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