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Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has assured Nigerians that the implementation of the new Agricultural Roadmap as conceptualised by the Ministry would revive and transform the agricultural sector in Nigeria.
The Minister gave this assurance while declaring the National Agricultural Show open at the Abuja/Keffi Showground, Nasarawa state.
Chief Ogbeh said the roadmap would help revolutionize agriculture in Nigeria by engaging all the key stakeholders, particularly State Governments, the organised Private Sector, Investors, Women, Youth Farmers’ Associations in the agricultural production and agro-export value chain.
He stated that the goal of the current administration was to build an agribusiness economy capable of meeting Nigeria’s domestic food security requirements and generating exports to broaden the national revenue base.
Chief Ogbeh said the administration would support sustainable income and job growth potentials through wealth creation, promotion of entrepreneurial activities, youth employment and enhance national productivity.
According to him, there would be improvement in the use of fertilizers for higher crop yields, saying, “Fertilizers would be put into appropriate use in each state of the Federation to avoid soil damage”.
Earlier, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria, NAFN, Senator Abdullahi Adamu said the objective of the agricultural show was to sensitise the people on the importance of agriculture.
Senator Adamu, who is the former governor of Nasarawa State, maintained that agriculture and solid minerals are the future of Nigeria and charged the youths to take the lead in agriculture for their own sake and that of the country.
The Representative of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO, in Nigeria, Dr. Louise Setshwaelo at the event called for concrete and robust actions to make agriculture more attractive to the younger generation, by ensuring efficiency and profitability of agriculture as an industry.
Dr. Setshwaelo said FAO would continue to partner with and support government efforts to open the door to new opportunities towards the achievement of National goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

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