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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Patronize Nigerian Produce- Minister Charges Nigerians

Nigeria's new Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Abubakar has charged Nigerians to be patriotic, by patronizing  Nigerian produce to encourage farmers to produce more foods for the country

Abubakar who gave the charge on Thursday in Abuja during a formal handing over ceremony from former minister, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, promised to give priority to mass production of livestock inline with the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

“The priority of this Ministry under my leadership will be to ensure that we have the necessary policy direction on ground that will truly position agriculture as the mainstay of our economy as captured in the Medium Term National Development Plan, and Mr President’s vision of uplifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.", he stated

"In this regard, the National Livestock Transformation Plan will be the priority due to implication not just by security infiltration but its overall impact is having on insecurity in the country,'"Abubakar further emphasised

The minister stressed the need for Nigeria to produce its foods and be a major exporter of foods to other countries,to earn more foreign exchange and depend less on Importation of foods

His words, “Buy Nigerian produce wherever you can because that is the way to support our own farmers so that they can continue to produce. We just find out that we can do that because during the border closure, there was sufficient rice"

“Even Mr President eats the same rice. So, there is no reason why we cannot patronize our own farmers. Food security is everything and can make a difference. There is no reason why we cannot do this"he added

“We have the resources and all it takes to make Nigeria the number one producer and exporter of food and not just in Africa even outside this continent.”

He added that there would be more support for research and extension services to boost the agricultural sector.

“In addition, research and extension services will be strengthened to ensure that best practices are translated into concrete deliverables in the agric and livestock value chains.

“We will start to promote synergies among the agencies and departments of the Ministry.

Abubakar who promised to do better than his predecessor called for support of relevant agencies to succeed in the new task ahead 

“Agencies must collaborate and work with relevant stakeholders to achieve our mandate,” he said.

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