President Buhari Promises Restoration In Agricultural Sector

President Muhammadu Buhari,  says his government will do all within its power to continue its ongoing reforms in the agriculture sector so Nigeria can regain her lost glory as the major food exporter in Nigeria.Image result for buhari

Addressing a delegation of the Kebbi State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, Buhari stated the the importation of Rice and beans has dropped drastically, adding that Nigeria must not just become self-sufficient in food production but use agriculture as a source of export revenue.

“ Nigerians and indeed the world, are beginning to appreciate our efforts in the agricultural sector. We will work harder until we start exporting food. We are happy that rice and beans importation into the country have gone down by over 90 percent, and everyone can see how productive states like Kebbi turned out to be and states like Lagos, Ogun, and Ebonyi are following the example,” he said.

He said states like Kaduna, Katsina, Kano, and Sokoto had already recorded huge successes in the agricultural sector, with more youths taking interest in entrepreneurship.

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Disagreeing with the huge food import bill presented by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on his assumption of office, he said investigations later revealed that the figures were as a result of “fraudulent practices’’ by some elite to deplete the foreign reserves.

“When I was told that the CBN had no savings after the windfall of selling oil for more than 100 dollars per barrel for many years and production was 2.1 billion barrels per day, I did not believe them because a majority of Nigerians cannot afford imported food; they rely on what is locally grown. It turned out that 50 percent of the export bills were fraudulent, courtesy of the Nigerian elite,” he said.

The president also challenged more youth from all states to take up the occupation of farming, as to reduce the cost of food production and transportation between states, and give others employment opportunities.

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