The new Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mahmood Abubakar has revealed his intent to prioritise the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) in a bid to revamp the sector.
Abubakar disclosed while receiving the baton from his predecessor, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, at a brief ceremony held in that regard.
The subtle ceremony was witnessed by Minister of State, Mustapha Baba Shehuri and heads of parastatals.
The NLTP, a project of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has suffered hitches due to divergent views by many Nigerians that the policy is geared at acquiring territories for Fulani herders nationwide.
However, the Agric Minister insisted: “The NLTP will be a priority due to its overall impact on insecurity in the country.”
Abubakar also added that the ministry would revamp programmes to make agriculture the backbone of the economy, in alliance with the Medium Term National Development Plan and the President’s vision to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
The minister further made known that research and extension services would be reinforced for best practices, hence translating into substantial deliverables in the agriculture and livestock value chains.
“We will start to promote synergies among the agencies and departments of the ministry. Agencies must collaborate and work with relevant stakeholders to achieve our mandate,” he said.
He also reiterated the need for Nigerians to consume locally produced food as a way to support indigenous farmers.
“Food security is everything and it can make a whole lot of difference. There is no reason we cannot do this. We have the resources and all that is needed to make Nigeria number one producer and exporter of food in the world.”
The minister, however, pledged development partnership to accomplish Buhari’s dream of making the country food-sufficient.
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