Farmers Will Reap Benefits of my Government’s Policies – Buhari

ministers in charge of agriculture reflected his deep desire to protect the interests of farmers and to achieve national self-sufficiency in food production
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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigerian farmers will reap the benefits of his government's reforms on Friday as he continues to give agriculture the highest priority.

The president claimed this at a meeting with the Katsina State Elders' Forum in Abuja, according to a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He described agriculture as the largest employer of labour and growth in the country, saying that his administration will continue to take steps to boost the sector's production and productivity.

Buhari said:

“This will be achieved by ensuring the availability of cheap agricultural credits, farm inputs, fertiliser, and the introduction of the latest technologies.”

The President stated that the choice of farmers as ministers in charge of agriculture reflected his deep desire to protect the interests of farmers and to achieve national self-sufficiency in food production.

During his first term, President Buhari named Chief Audu Ogbeh as Minister of Agriculture and chose Alhaji Sabo Nanono when he was re-elected last year.

He agreed to look into the proposal of the elders for the expansion of existing irrigation schemes at the dams of Zobe and Sabke to increase jobs and agricultural profitability.

The condition in which 60% of the state is productive in rain-fed agriculture for three to four months and idle for the rest of the year, Buhari maintained, was unacceptable.

In order to end the regular violence between farmers and herdsmen, the president told the elders that he had charged his ministers of agriculture to work with the states to rediscover the missing grazing routes.

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