FG restates commitment to revitalise agric sector
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to revitalise the agricultural sector.
The Minister of State for Agriculture, Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri, said this while launching the 2016/2017 dry season farming in Chiromawa town of Garun Malam Local Government Area of Kano State.
Lokpobiri said federal government’s policy to rejuvenate the sector and enhance agriculture production remained unchanged.
He also advised farmers in the country to “go back to farm”.
“Government will do everything possible to support farmers in order to boost agriculture in the country,” he said.
The minister advised citizens to embrace agriculture in order to regenerate the nation’s agriculture sector.
He said that the 2015/2016 Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) was marred by controversy and debt that characterised the scheme during the previous administration.
“Despite the controversy that surrounded the scheme, the inherited N67 billion debt has been reduced to about N50 billion as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The GES aims to assist poor farmers and has helped to increase productivity.
“In the next 33 years, the population of Nigeria is projected to be 450 million; time has come for farmers to work in groups to access loans or implements,” he said.
Lokpobiri commended the Kano State Government for its support to farmers.
Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje also renewed the state government’s commitment to boost agriculture and commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in the agriculture sector.