- Nigerians have been assured of adequate food supply by President Muhammadu Buhari
- President Buhari promised citizens that under his leadership there will be food security
- The president went ahead to assert that the nation will resume export of farm produce to revive its economy
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that under his leadership, Nigerians will always enjoy food security as the nation will continue to produce what it consumes.
The president said this during the launch of the National Young Farmers Scheme, organised by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) on Tuesday, November 10.
The new scheme is aimed at kindling the interest of Nigerian youths in the area of farming.
President Buhari said that it has been projected that in robust years, the country will export some of its famr produce as a way of boosting its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Part of the Nigerian leader's address as he launched the innitiative read:
“I have directed that all NALDA’s abandoned farm estates be retrieved to enable thousands of our young men and women to be engaged in farming. This Administration will be achieving agricultural mechanization through this scheme and I am confident that Nigeria under my watch, we will achieve food security in producing most of what we eat. In good harvest years we may even export our surpluses and earn foreign exchange.
“By virtue of my passion and desire for agriculture and also as a farmer myself, I am directly supervising NALDA as an authority under the Presidency.
“I am asking the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and State Governments to give full cooperation to NALDA in its activities. With the success of Anchor Borrowers programme spearheaded by the Central Bank of Nigeria and new programmes to revive cotton, palm products and cocoa, the next few years will see a vast difference in our agricultural performance.
“I now flag off the National Young Farmers’ Scheme. It is my expectation that the Scheme will take in young Nigerians, graduates and non-graduates alike, and be part of this Government’s effort to reduce unemployment and contribute to the regeneration of agriculture and our economy.’’
Meanwhile, members of the National Food Security Council (NFSC) were said to be having a crucial meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
State governors who were in attendance at the meeting include Alhaji Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, Alhaja Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Darius Ishaku of Taraba, and Dave Umahi of Ebonyi.
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