The newly-appointed Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mahmood Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to buy Nigerian produce to support and encourage farmers.
Abubakar made this known recently during his handing and taking over ceremony held at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) Headquarters, Abuja.
He emphasised the need for food security, stating that Nigeria has what it takes to be food sufficient as well as the leading producer and exporter of food.
“Buy Nigerian produce wherever you can because that is the way to support our farmers so that they can continue to produce. We just found out that we can do that because, during the border closure, there was sufficient rice.
“Even Mr President eats the same rice. So, there is no reason why we cannot patronize our farmers. Food security is everything and can make a difference. There is no reason why we cannot do this,” Abubakar stated.
The new minister had earlier reaffirmed his objective of advancing the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP).
“The priority of this Ministry under my leadership will be to ensure that we have the necessary policy direction on ground that will truly position agriculture as the mainstay of our economy as captured in the Medium Term National Development Plan, and Mr President’s vision of uplifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years,” he noted.
According to him, research and extension services will be strengthened to ensure that the best practices were translated into concrete deliverables in the agric and livestock value chains.
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