Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying that crude oil and gas exports would no longer be sufficient as the country’s major revenue earner.
Muhammadu Buhari saying this on Friday 7th August, 2016 that the time had come for Nigerians to do more than pay mere lip service to agriculture.
In a statement issue my Mr. Femi Adesina, the special adviser to Mr. President on Media amd Publicity while granting audience to Dr. Kanayo Nwanze, a Nigeria-born President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), inside the presidential villa, Abuja, Nigeria.
“it’s time to go back to the land. We must face the reality that the petroleum we had depended on for so long will no longer suffice. We campaigned heavily on agriculture, and we are ready to assist as many as want to go into agricultural ventures” Adesina quoted Mr President a saying.
Further probe quoted Buhari pledges that his administration would review the long bureaucratic process that Nigeria Farmers had to go through to get assistance from the government.
Mr. President emphasised to the IFAD President that improvement of the roductivity of farmers, dry season farming and creative ways to combat the shrinkimg of the Lake Chag would also receive his administration’s attention.
“There is so much to be done we will try and articulate a programme and consult organisations like IFAD for advice” Mr President said.
Buhari further added that foreign exchange would be conserved for machinery and other items needed for production, instead of using it to import things we can produce locally like toothpicks.
In his reaction, IFAD President, Dr. Nwanze congratulated Buhari on his victory in the general elections and assured him that IFAD was available to assist Nigeria Framers to boost their farming activities.
International Fund for Agricultural Development ( IFAD), is an international organisation established in 1978 tom address issues relating to agriculture and poverty alleviation. MORE ON IFAD