By Francis Nansak
President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration have provided a zero interest loans to farmers in order to lift Nigerians out of poverty,as well as targeted 5-10 Million jobs in the agricultural sector .
The president also stated that his administration has reduced the interest rate on CBN interventions loans from 9 to 5%.An initiative which was created for facilities such as Agriculture credit support system to exploit the untapped potentials of Nigerian Agricultural sector.
He made this known when he declared opened the 14th National Agricultural Show and World Food Day celebration, with the Theme; Celebrating the Resilience and Roles of Small-Holder Farmers in Sustaining Food Systems in Nigeria,at Tudun Wada ,karu local government area of Nasarawa State on Wednesday.
Represented by the honourable minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar,he said his administration has also put in so much efforts in boosting agriculture to seeing that Nigerians never go hungry,as such,he has put up time,energy and resources to ensuring Nigeria becomes food sufficient,where food security would no longer be anything to be worried about.
According to the president” This is with the view that Nigeria becomes an exporter of food,therefore is my pleasure to welcome you all to this event of the 2021 national agricultural show,being organized by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations,as well as other critical stakeholders in the Agriculture sector.
“The theme of this year edition is our actions are our future, for better production,a better intrusions,a better environment and a better life.
President Muhammadu Buhari, however,reminded Nigerians that agriculture is one of the most important sectors of the Nigeria economy with huge potentials for a population of over 200Million people.
He reiterated that Nigeria has aboundant rainfall of over 2030 Billion cubic liters of surface and under ground water that can support 84 million hactre of arable land of which only 40% is cultivated.
“This endowment for Agricultural production has immensely contributed to the growth of the nation’s GDP of 5.01% in a consistent manner . Agriculture is viewed as the backbone for the overall development of the populace” He added.
On his part, the Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule,said with the presence of all the stakeholders in the agricultural sector is a clear demonstration of the commitment of this current administration of president Buhari to revamping the agricultural sector for socio economic development.
Governor Sule further stated that with the presence of the honourable minister of agriculture and rural development,being his first time on the ground of the National agricultural show,he believes that he will bring his wealth of experiences and collective commitment to bear for the transformation o the agricultural sector.
Engineer Sule said” One promise I will have to make to you, honourable minister ,is that all the governor’s of the northern Nigeria beliefs in agriculture and we believe that collectively we most transform agriculture for the future of this country.
“In the same vain, I welcome our esteem farmers and our critical stakeholders who are here to be part of this epoc making event ” Gov Sule added.
He however commended the national agricultural foundation in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development for it’s foresight to organizing the annual event aim at providing enabling environment for farmers to cross fertilized their ideas on new innovations and technologies in the agriculture sector for enhance food production.
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