Nigeria’s Information and Culture Minister, Mr lai Mohammed says the agricultural revolution in Nigeria indicates that with more investments in rice production and other farm products, the country’s economy is set to increase in all ramifications.
The Minister revealed this in Kebbi state North West Nigeria on when he took a team of journalists on tour of some large scale rice farms which showcased the boost in Nigerian rice revolution.
The Minister said the Federal government’s Anchor Borrowers Programme has made Nigeria to cut down rice importation from 664 metric tons to just 24 within two years and had in turn created millions of jobs in rice farming.
He however said there was the need to invest more in the ongoing rice revolution because it was really working and has taken Nigeria to the next level.
“Here in Kebbi,a farmer who was harvesting 2.5 metric tons harvested 11 tons after the Anchor borrowers intervention. This revolution has improved agriculture. Agriculture is one area we need to do more because the return on investment in agriculture is huge, it creates employment and provide food”, he said
Meanwhile, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state affirmed that the state would continue to support farmers in every way possible.
He also said that Kebbi state was one of the beneficiaries of President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign promises of improving the agricultural sector, revamping the economy, the fight against corruption and insecurity.
He ascribed the end of economy recession in the country to the agriculture revolution among other economic policies.
“Nigeria is in safe and responsible hands. The leadership of President Buhari has given investors confidence to believe that Nigeria will come out stronger. Kebbi is one of the state’s that keyed in earlier.Our partnership with Lagos on Lake rice is succeeding.” he said.
Kebbi state in North West Nigeria has keyed into the Nigeria agricultural revolution with massive large scale farming in rice,wheat and others.