Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the federal government has a clear idea on how to execute its agricultural policy to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, and to diversify the economy in the process.
Osinbajo in a statement by his spokesman, Laolu Akande, said by launching the CBN Anchor Borrowers financing initiative in Kebbi State, while also flagging-off the dry season rice and wheat farming late last year, what the President did was setting-off an agricultural revolution without saying so. He added that President’s action also “showed he had a clear idea of how to execute a formidable agricultural policy.”
“The President said it throughout the campaigns that pursuing an active agriculture policy in rice and wheat would be important because Nigerians consume them, and importing more of both, even though these are crops that the country has the capacity to grow locally,” he added.
Meanwhile. the Kebbi State Governor Atiku Bagudu observed that the political will of the Buhari presidency in supporting rice and wheat farmers is “energising,” thereby, raising the esteem of the farmers and heightening productivity. As a result, he noted that Nigeria would be self-sufficient in rice under two years and in wheat within three years.