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Agric sector has lifted over 4.2m Nigerians out of poverty in 2 years – Minister



Agric sector has lifted over 4.2m Nigerians out of poverty in 2 years – Minister

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Dr Mohammed Abubakar said on Friday that 4.2 million Nigerians were lifted out of poverty thanks to the agricultural sector in two years.

The minister revealed it during a press conference in Abuja, to commemorate World Food Day 2021 under the theme: “Our actions are our future. Better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life. ”

“As part of our efforts to ensure food security, a total of 446 drinking water points have been provided to rural communities nationwide with 286,500 households having access to them.

“We have also installed 11,952 electrical installations, as well as the supply of 5Nos, 500KVA transformers to rural areas, to facilitate access to electricity for food processing activities.

“Additionally, through our various empowerment initiatives in agricultural production, processing and marketing, we have lifted a total of 4,205,576 Nigerians out of poverty over the past two years.

“This will continue as part of the President’s pledge to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years.

“It is known that agriculture was the only sector in Nigeria that experienced marginal growth during the COVID-19 lockdown period, spanning from the 4th quarter of 2019 to the first and second quarters of the year 2020 with a contribution average of 24.23 percent. cent to the country’s GDP, ”he said.

“The impressive growth rate of 5.01% of the gross domestic product of the country in the second quarter of 2021 published on August 19 by the National Bureau of Statistics has as main contributors the plant production and the manufacture of food products.

“The Green Imperative program, which is expected to solve the long-standing problem of agricultural mechanization, is underway.

“The program would ensure an adequate supply of tractors and other tools to farmers under a public-private partnership agreement.

“The adopted model is sustainable and would improve the challenge of low production, due to the lack of sufficient machinery,” he said.

He also revealed that the Agricultural Trust Fund Bill had passed second reading in the National Assembly which, if passed, would focus on emergency financing of agricultural activities in the country.

However, the Minister recognized the challenges that affect the productivity of the sector.

“The insecurity that afflicts many farming communities in the North has dramatically affected food production over the past three to four years, and clashes between farmers and herders, banditry, cattle rustling have all posed serious setbacks to our people. food systems, ”he said.

He expressed optimism that the National Livestock Transformation Plan would address all issues associated with the country’s animal production activities and ensure an adequate supply of quality meat for domestic consumption and for export.


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