The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening its partnership with farmers to boost food production and agro-allied businesses in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. George Akume, during a meeting with the National Apex of Nigeria Farmers’ Cooperative Societies (NANFACOS) in Abuja.
Akume reiterated the need for a sustainable partnership that would boost agricultural productivity in the country, assuring the body of President Buhari’s support.
The minister noted that Nigeria may join the list of countries with serious implications for food security by 2050.
He, however, said that he is optimistic that the country has all it takes to feed the rest of West Africa and beyond.
“Agriculture is the mainstay of many countries, particularly the developing world. There is something unique about agriculture; that is food security.
“One of the basic needs of man is food. It is the first need of man. If you don’t have food you cannot think well, you become sick and very unproductive. So food is the main need of man.
“Food also provided cash for us in those days. In this country before the discovery of oil; agriculture was the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy,” Akume said.