Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said it is important to export agricultural products to assist in improving the standard of living of the people.
He disclosed this at a two-day Agriculture Summit Africa organsied by Sterling Bank with the theme: “Agriculture your piece of the Trillion Dollar Economy“ in Abuja.
He said that it was beautiful that agriculture was rapidly turning out to be the most vital trade, especially during dwindling prices and devaluation.
His words, “The need to get everybody in agriculture has been one of the cardinal points of the Economic Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP) of the Federal Government with emphasis on developing and export led economy.”
“Our agenda is to guarantee vibrancy of the sector. Agriculture must be seen as a business and haven for investment and integrating food production, storage, food processing and industrial manufacturing to establish the linkage necessary in the agricultural commodity value chain,”
“I see this gathering as another traction in the quest of the present administration by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to boost agric production, self sufficiency, food security and draw investment in the agric sector of the economy.”
“Electricity, hectares of land are needed to create employment and reduce poverty to safeguard the economy.
“There is need to have access to capital by investors across the value chain to promote agriculture.
“There is need to have better technology digitalisation method and well irrigated land to create employment, reduce poverty and promote food self-sufficiency across the continent and safeguard the environment.”