THE MINISTER of Agriculture
and Rural Development, Chief
Audu Ogbeh, has said that the
country could put the growing
population into good use by
increasing local production of
food crops.
The Minister posited that
Nigeria’s population, which
would grow up to 200 million
people by the year 2020, could be
an advantage for food production
if the country could hasten to lift
the agricultural sector to the level
of China, India and other nations
of the western world.
The Minister said “In four years
time, our population will be 200
million people and we can put
that population into good use if
we have the capacity and more
organised like the Chinese or
Chief Ogbeh made this known
recently when he received in
audience a delegation from the
Kingdom of the Netherlands led
by its Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr.
John Groffen in his office.
He maintained that there was
an urgent need for the country
to grow more food crops in
order to meet the demands of her
growing population and sought
for more supports from the
international community towards
the sustainable development of
the country’s agricultural sector.
According to him, Nigeria’s
agricultural sector would require
international supports in its
programmes and initiatives
such as the cattle breeding
improvement, climate change,
standardisation and certification
of food products, seed
development and improvement,
capacity building among others.
Chief Ogbeh further sought
assistance from the Netherland
government on the area of
machineries that could convert
shafts from rice mills in the country
to briquettes for household
uses, adding that the present
administration was poised to take
life back to the rural areas, mostly
for women and youths. He stated
that the ministry was working in
collaboration with other relevant
ministries like the ministries
of works, Environment, Water
Resources and Industry, Trade and
Investment to grow and develop
the country’s agricultural sector.
Earlier, the Netherlands
Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John
Groffen, who led the delegation,
said the purpose of their visit was
to explore areas of collaboration
with the ministry, describing the
challenges facing the nation’s
agricultural sector as enormous

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