– President Muhammadu Buhari says farmers have helped the country save billions of dollars yearly, which would have been spent on food importation
– The Nigerian president discloses that the saved funds are now deployed to other developmental projects, particularly infrastructure
– Buhari notes that the real wealth of our country lies primarily in farming, livestock, foresting and fisheries
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended farmers in the country for making Nigeria sufficient in food.
The Nigerian president in a goodwill message to mark the farmers’ day celebrated in Obie, Rivers state said farmers in the country have helped the country save billions of dollars yearly, which would have been spent on food importation.
Buhari said the saved funds are now been deployed to other developmental projects, particularly infrastructure.
The president stated that farming had brought fortune to millions of Nigerians who embraced it, as it has turned around their social and economic status. He said the real wealth of the country lies primarily in farming, livestock, foresting and fisheries.
“Farmers are now among very well to do Nigerians. They can cater for their families, meet other existential needs, and even embark on various capital projects.”
“Above all, farmers have led the country to the food self-sufficiency we now enjoy, saving us billions of dollars yearly, which would have been spent on food importation. Such funds are now deployed to other developmental projects, particularly infrastructure,” Buhari said
“Agriculture is one of the veritable ways to economic recovery. It guarantees employment to millions of our people, particularly the youth, engenders better living standards, enhances the income of people, and ensures food security. This, in turn, will improve the security situation in the land.
Meanwhile, Simon Atigwe, a member of the House of Representatives from Enugu, has called on the federal government to extend the closure of all land borders to more than two years.
Atigwe said that the decision of the federal government will help Nigeria in two vital ways: checkmate the influx of arms into the country and push citizens back to agriculture, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The lawmaker stated that leaving Nigerian land borders porous will open the country up for unchecked smuggling, adding that China is where it is now economically because it closed its borders many decades ago.
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