Nigeria must be ready to feed its population

Nigeria must be ready to take up the challenge of feeding its population, the governor of southwest state of Osun said Friday.


In an interactive section with farmers in the state, Rauf Aregbesola said the nation’s 2 billion U.S. dollars food import bill was unsustainable.

He told his audience that the era of crude oil had gone and said the government must think on how to successfully diversify the economy.

It is now glaring to us that crude oil has gone to base. We have seen the challenge facing our monolithic economy. Oil is no more sellable in the market as it used to be,” he added.

“We must all go back to farm because agriculture is the only way out to this economic mess,” he said.

“And we are so blessed in this part of the world with a weather condition that supports lucrative farming unlike some other parts of the world,” the governor told the farmers.

Aregbesola said his administration had prioritized agriculture with a view to turning the state to food basket of the nation.

He said part of his administration’s six-point integral action plan was deliberately designed to banish hunger and enhance massive increase in food production through different agricultural intervention.

He urged the farmers to be more dedicated, proactive and proficient, especially at the time the economy of the country was yearning for diversification. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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