We’ll Vote More Resources For Agriculture In 2017 – President Buhari




President Muhammadu Buhari says the Federal
Government will sustain concrete measures to diversify the
economy by devoting more resources to agriculture in the
2017 budget.
Speaking to reporters in Nairobi, Kenya at the weekend on
the margins of the sixth Tokyo International Conference on
African Development (TICAD VI), President Buhari said
African countries had a lot to learn from Japan on
developing agriculture.
‘‘This year, in Nigeria, we started an aggressive farming
programme that entails organising farmers into
cooperatives in the second and third tier of government.
‘‘We intend to put more resources in our 2017 budget,
especially in the procurement of machinery for land
clearing, fertilizers, pesticides and training of less-educated
farmers, as farm extension instructors.
‘‘We have already registered some success this year in a
number of states, we identified some 13 states that will be
self-sufficient in rice, wheat and grains before the end of
2018.
‘‘We are very positive that soon we will be able to export
these food products. We are also lucky that the farming
season in the northern part of the country has been very
good and we are expecting a bumper harvest this year,’’
the President said.
On his expectation for TICAD, President Buhari said
Japan’s story of rapid economic growth, hardwork and
advanced technology should encourage Africans to strive
harder and solve its development challenges.
‘‘Japan has greatly advanced in technology, particularly in
solar power, infrastructure to spur growth in medium and
small-scale industries.
‘‘Because of the advanced use of technology, farming and
agriculture can become competitive.
‘‘Japan has the knowledge, technology and capital to assist
African countries to develop and Japanese firms are in a
very good position to successfully compete for the
development of infrastructure in Nigeria,’’ he said.
The President then requested for increased participation of
the Japanese government and the private sector in the
Nigerian economy.

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