Agric Revolution Is Solution To Our Economic Challenges – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaking at the event
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo speaking at the event

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has urged the Ministry of Agriculture, led by Audu Ogbeh, to transform the country’s agricultural sector, as that is the best solution to the economic challenges facing the Nation.

Osinbajo said this during the launch of the Agriculture Policy Document termed “The Green Revolution in Abuja on Monday.

“There is no question”, he said, “If we get agric right, we would get our economy right.”

“Our social investment programmes are designed to align with the agriculture policy. That is why our homegrown school feeding programme is called “homegrown,” he added.

The Vice president in his speech said that the federal government is planning to recruit 10,000 agric extension workers as part of the Teacher-corps recruitment exercise under the N-Power programme.

He lauded the ‘Green Alternative’ initiative but stressed that “the problem has never been with the lack of policy but implementation.”

Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh said his leadership “believes in building on a previous foundation and avoiding policy somersault.”






     

     

    “We are not throwing old policies overboard but expanding, deepening and adjusting policies where necessary,” he said.

    The minister noted that “with the new fertilizer application guidelines, we’ve received reports of rice yields increase from 3 to 7.5 metric tonnes in some areas.”

    He added that his ministry “will collate information, harness intelligence and capacity and make the knowledge available to farmers for practical implementation.”

    Mnister of Environment, Amina Mohammed was also present at the launch.

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