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Let’s Return To Agriculture, Buhari Tells Nigerians

Posted: Aug 7, 2015 at 7:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chesa Chesa, Abuja?


President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to pay more attention to agriculture, as crude oil and gas exports would be insufficient as Nigeria’s major revenue earner.

Buhari spoke at ?the Presidential Villa Friday when he received  the ?president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), ?Kanayo Nwanze.

“It is time to go back to the land. We must face the reality that the petroleum we had depended on for so long will no longer suffice. ?We campaigned heavily on agriculture, and we are ready to assist as many as want to go into agricultural ventures,” the President said.

He pledged to cut short the long bureaucratic processes Nigerian farmers go through to get any form of assistance from government.

“There is so much to be done. We will try and articulate a programme and consult organisations like IFAD for advice,” he said, adding that foreign exchange would be conserved for machinery and other items needed for production, “instead of using it to import things like toothpicks.”?

Nwanze assured Buhari that  IFAD was ready to give all assistance to the Federal Government and Nigerian farmers to boost production in the country.?