Them inister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has stated that the federal government was committed in restoring agriculture to its position of the largest employer of labour in the country.
The Minister who stated this recently with newsmen in Lagos when he paid a courtesy call on the management of The Sun Publishing Ltd, stated that a government has opened a new chapter for agriculture in the country.
He said the government would tackle unemployment, reduce dependency on food importation and boost foreign exchange and wondered why, Nigeria that used to be a major player in global food market in the 60s has now shifted to a major importer of food from the global market.
He however assured Nigerians that by the end of the present administration, importation of food would be a thing of the past.
“We are on the right direction of getting Nigeria to become a major player in the food market”.
On the scandal facing fertiliser distribution in the country, the Minister explained that it was regratable that the commodity which was meant for the poor farmers was not getting to them rather they were going to the rich and influential.
He said for government to have supported fertiliser subsidy for years, the move could have helped reduce rural poverty but regretted that the rise on expenditure of fertiliser subsidy only increased rural poverty meaning that fertiliser was not getting to the farmers at the rural areas.
“Basically, our fertiliser subsidy should serve the interest of the real farmers not the interest of political farmers”.