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Agriculture to boost Nigerian economy in 2013 –– FG

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina, has disclosed that  in 2013, agriculture would lead Nigeria out of gridlock.

Adesina  stated that though the country was witnessing tremendous growth in agriculture, the sector the Federal Government had planned to revolutionise and transform the country through agricultural sector.

“We would revoluise and transform the sector into business that works and create wealth for small scale and commercial farmers.”

While giving his assurance, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development said all hands must be on deck to pilot the sector for a national development.

He expressed the current focus on improving agricultural productivity would attract foreign investment inflows.

He noted that since his assumption in office, he was able to cause a lot of changes that have been eating deep the agricultural sector.

He added that fertilizer distribution to farmers by the government has become a thing of the past.

According to him, most of the farmers were not receiving the fertilizer and the sector was left to suffer when the farmers were not actually benefiting from it.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development stressed: “Nigeria will be greater, since the president gears his commitment to agricultural development and food sufficiency as a tool for national transformation and economic growth.”

He also expressed his belief in agricultural revolution, pointing out that agriculture must be treated as proper business and not developmental project.

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