Chief Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, says the Federal Government is committed to making the country an agriculture export hub.
Ogbeh made this known during the opening ceremony of the council’s meeting at the ongoing 43rd National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development conference in Umuahia.
The theme of the event was: “Consolidating the Strategies of Agricultural Promotion Policy for Economic Diversification and Growth”.
The Minister, who was represented by Dr Mohammed Bello, of the ministry said that Federal Government had resolved to increase agricultural productivity, reduce food importation and implement programmes that promote food safety and security.
“We shared this agenda with the stakeholders of the National Council on Agriculture at the 41st meeting held in Kano in 2016.
“It led to the articulation of the 2016 to 2020 Agricultural Promotion Policy (APP) and its Investment Financing and Implementation Plan (IFIP).”.
He charged stakeholders to recommit themselves to the development of the agriculture sector, adding that it was key to good health and wealth creation.
“We are to align interests, identify interventions, rank alternatives and fine tune strategies.
“We also need to pool resources, execute projects, ascertain impact and ensure continuity.
”At the end, our synergy will help us achieve food sufficiency, enterprise promotion, productive employment and wealth creation in the country,” Ogbeh said.
Mr Suffyan Koroma, the Country Representative of Food and Agricultural Organisation of the UN in Nigeria, commended the Federal Government for its achievements in the agriculture sector in the last four years.
Koroma, who was represented by Dr Ahmed Matani called on the Federal Government to create greater alignment with the states to domesticate the Agricultural Promotion Policy.