The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, has said Nigeria has achieved 80 per cent performance in the agricultural sector.
Sabo revealed this at the Public Presentation of Executive Summary of Wet Season Agricultural Performance in Nigeria, by the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS) in Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, the country is not doing badly in Agriculture and by next year, we should be breaking records.
His words, “We are not doing badly. I hope next year we will reach the real mark.”
“As we are going into a phase in the sector, I think we should be in a position to know what to focus on in each state and how many persons to get involved with in our activities with the help of data.
“This will now allow us to plan well. So, I think it is a welcome development.”
He said even if the achievement thus far is being celebrated, we can do more.
He continued, “Nigeria is largely an agricultural country with vast opportunities to produce for export but we are nowhere close to our potential.
“I do not think we have reached up to 10 per cent of our potentials in agriculture.
“The research institutions are very crucial to the development of agriculture in Nigeria. So it is imperative that we do not just make the research institutions better but positioned to contribute to the development of the country.
“We are to develop all our research institutions. I cannot believe that up till now we have not reached our potential in seed production. We have not achieved 10 per cent.”