Naija Foodie Update

Foodie Naija Update (Agriculture Is The Key To Our Economic Growth And Social Development Policies)

President Muhammadu Buhari
has said that the Federal Government is making efforts to
ensure that Agriculture becomes
more attractive to foreign investors.

He made this assurance yesterday while speaking on the theme of the 8 annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium “Agriculture, work & revolution” at the
International Conference Centre,
ICC, Abuja.

The President, who chaired the event held as part of the
ceremonies to mark the 64 birthday of the national leader of
the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, stated that
there were many opportunities in the agricultural sector and expressed his disappointment at
the fact that food is imported into the country rather than
being exported.

“Nearly all our crop-based farming activities are dependent on rain-fed agriculture, and this makes our agricultural
productivity entirely vulnerable to the effects of climate
change.In the past few years, on the average, we have spent in excess of $11bn annually
importing wheat, rice, sugar and fish.

We need not, and indeed we cannot afford to continue on
this trajectory,” he said. He added, “Agriculture is the key to our economic growth and social investment policies.

Our administration’s key strategy is to ensure that Nigeria becomes self- sufficient in the foods that we consume the most. Maize, rice, corn, millets, fruits, poultry products and their derivatives can all be produced at home if we put our hearts into it. Our
policy is simple: We will produce what we eat! It is not only
logical, it is necessary.”

He then implored everyone to work together thus: “I am
declaring that we need a new approach that challenges more
states and local governments, more organisations, companies and non-governmental
organisations and individuals, some of the younger people,
who are here to step up and play a role because government
cannot and should not do it alone. All hands should be on
deck.”

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