The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, has reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment towards a stronger partnership and collaboration between it and farmers nationwide.
The minister, who gave this assurance when the Amana Farmers and Grains Suppliers Association of Nigeria (AFGSAN) led by its Chairman, Alhaji Haruna Ahmed Pambegua, paid him a courtesy visit in his office, in Abuja, said that strengthening government-farmer relationship would boost agricultural sector growth and create more jobs.
Nanono noted that the partnership would achieve the goal of the current administration’s next level agenda in the agric sector and create the desired value chain, promote global market access of Nigerian branded products with massive job creation and increase Internally Generated Revenue for the country.
In his remarks the Permanent Secretary, FMARD, Dr. Mohammed Umar Bello, thanked the association for intensifying their efforts towards supporting the current administration ‘s agenda by buying into its intervention policies, which include getting farmers back to farms and ensuring that they produce more grains to assure food security and create more jobs.
In his welcome address, the AGFSAN Chairman commended the current administration’s agricultural agenda and vision of making the agricultural sector the biggest employer of labour in the country.
Pambegua explained further that with strategic linkage of processing and marketing of produce had the potential of reducing Nigeria’s huge income inequality, boost production and economic activities in the rural areas.