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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Agriculture, a priority for Nigeria

Nigerian president, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (GEJ) has listed agriculture among his priority area of investment to create more jobs.

Addressing members of the joint National Assembly in Abuja, recently, he said, that there are plans to invest in some priority sectors including agriculture.

His administration, GEJ said, will in 2012 give priority attention to Information and Communications Technology (ICT), solid minerals development, manufacturing, aviation and creative industries in order to further develop these sectors that are known to be sources of growth and job creation.

Against the background of the above reforms, President Jonathan noted that his administration would promote job creation and inclusive growth by investing in critical infrastructure, human capital development and security including more support for the police, defence and counter-terrorism operations.

The agricultural sector, he said, is being totally transformed to enable Nigerians to move from traditional farming to modern agriculture as a business both for our small and large-scale farmers.

“Our objective is to ensure food security whilst also promoting exports in agriculture value chains where we have a comparative advantage,” he said, stressing that his administration intends to process and add value to different crops such as rice, cassava, sorghum, oil palm, cocoa, and cotton among others.

According to him, this approach is central to the transformation strategy, even as his administration has adopted enabling measures to support the development of private sector-driven marketing institutions, and push for policies that would promote agriculture to create jobs.

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