Nigerian agriculture hits 80% benchmark

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, says Nigeria has achieved 80 per cent performance in the agricultural sector.

Nanono made this known at the Public Presentation of Executive Summary of Wet Season Agricultural Performance in Nigeria, by the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) in Abuja .

Nanono, who expressed satisfaction with the achievement in the sector, said, “We are not doing badly. I hope next year we will reach the real mark.”

He said the level of performance was ascertained from findings carried out by NAERLS, stressing that the importance data in moving the sector forward could not be overemphasised.

According to the minister, the issue of data is very crucial because it will give actual data and there is no more guess work.

“As we are going into a phase in the sector, I think we should be in a position to know what to focus on in each state and how many persons to get involved with in our activities with the help of data.

“This will now allow us to plan well. So, I think it is a welcome development,” he said.

The minister said while the achievement so far was being celebrated, more needed to he done to take the sector to an enviable position.

Nigeria is largely an agricultural country with vast opportunities to produce for export but we are no where close to our potential.

“I do not think we have reached up to 10 per cent of our potentials in agriculture.”

He said the Federal government will address this by developing  al our research institutions.