FG to use relevant policies to encourage self-sufficiency in food production

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will implement policies that will revive Nigeria’s agricultural sector and reposition it as the mainstay of the national economy.

A statement by Mr Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, said Buhari spoke when he granted audience to Bulgaria’s new Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Vesselin Blagoer Delcher.

He said his administration would evolve and implement policies that would help Nigeria become self-sufficient in food production because continued importation of food could expose the country to more external shocks.

According to the president, the unbridled importation of food also contributes to the depletion of the country’s foreign reserves and deprives citizens of job opportunities.

‘‘We must produce what we eat. We don’t have unlimited resources to continue the importation of food that can be produced locally.

“Fortunately, some Nigerians have shown foresight by building factories that process agricultural products within the country.

‘‘They have created a value chain that boosts employment, protects foreign reserves and safeguards the economy from external shocks.

“We will do all that we can to encourage others to join in the efforts to achieve national self-sufficiency in food production’’, he said.

The President said administration would also help and encourage Nigerian farmers to adopt modern technology-driven methods that guarantee higher production and returns on investment.

Buhari also received Mr Paul Lehmann, the new High Commissioner of Australia, Hajiya Afsatu Olayinka Ebiso-Kabba, the new High Commissioner of Sierra-Leone and Thordur Aegir Oskarsson the new Ambassador of Iceland.

The president told the envoys that Nigeria would welcome the further strengthening of relations with their countries, especially in the areas of agriculture, solid minerals and trade.

He wished the envoys, who were at the Presidential Villa to present their letters of credence to him, very successful tenures in Nigeria.

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  • IkemsinaChi

    Not protecting farmers from herdsmen that overun their farms and maim them will result in poor output in the long run and even discourage those interested in farming

  • vic

    if i could grow my own cassava, yam, tomatoes, plantain, bananas, mangoes, oranges, grapefruit, pawpaws etc etc in my small backyard, much more than what my family could consume, so can any other nigerian if you try.

    go on, pick up the hoe and a rake and try to start this rainy season. you will be amazed how much you can grow on a very small peace of land!

    • emmanuel kalu

      good for you, if most Nigerian’s with land or even a small backyard start doing this, they would help increase food production, and decrease their food cost.

  • emmanuel kalu

    The problem is that all we hear is talk from the government. where are the policies and the actions. Increasing Nigeria food production and processing ability are two things that can be easily done within a year and have massive impact on the people, economy and employment. however all we hear is more talk and more talk. if you want the youth to be employed and to be in agriculture, talking and training would not solve it. you have to provide them the land, farm tools, and farm inputs like seeds, fertilizer and irrigation. you have to help them with marketing, processing, storage and distribution. you can’t continue to talk about increase youth engagement in agriculture without doing this simple things. how many youth have land to farm on? or the money to purchase seeds.