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80 % Of Nigerians Engage In Agriculture- Minister

BY CHRIS EKEKE

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbe yesterday in Sokoto revealed that no fewer than 80 per cent of the nation’s population are engaged in agriculture.

The minister who stressed that President Muhammadu Bubari is resolute in his vision towards promoting agricultural production, added that, such move was aimed at ensuring food security, enhances exportation of
agricultural produce, create wealth  and generate employment for the teeming population.

Represented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and RuralDevelopment Regional Director (North-West) Aderemi Adeyoye, at a one day Stakeholders Sensitization and Awareness Forum on Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme, the minister opined that the federal government is implementing programmes aimed at attracting Nigerian youths into agriculture.

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“Let me thank the Nigerian farmers for being committed to feeding the nation over the past years in spite of the numerous challenges they face daily.

“I wish to encourage you to remain steadfast as the Nigerian government under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, is resolute in its vision of promoting agricultural production
in Nigeria”.
While stressing that the federal government is providing the needed agro-inputs as a way of attracting the youths to the benefits of agriculture value chain, the minister decried  that about 80 per cent of the nation’s population
are engaged in agriculture and many of them are vulnerable to climate extremes.

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“The reality of the situation has made the government to initiate policies to respond to the changing climate by embracing climate-smart agriculture.
“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has adequate capacity to address climate change and agriculture-related issues in collaboration with relevant agencies and stakeholders”.

Earlier, IPAD-CASP National Programme Coordinator, Muhammad Lawal Idah divulged that the Climate Change Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Programme in the Savannah Belt of Nigeria will be implemented in seven states.

“CASP  will be implemented in the seven northern  states of Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Borno and Yobe and will operate in 104 local government areas (LGAs) and 727 village areas (VAs).

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While declaring the occasion open, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal noted that agriculture remains central to the government hence the resolve to invest massively in the sector.

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