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Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

Mechanized farming to boost more jobs for Nigerian youths –Minister

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By Eileen Ihemadu

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that mechanized farming would boost agricultural production and create more jobs for Nigerian Youths.
The Minister, made this disclosure during a town hall meeting with the All Farmers Associations of Nigeria (AFAN) and other relevant stakeholders in Kano over the weekend.
The minister noted that the introduction of mechanized farming was necessary in order to shift from the traditional system of farming and embrace modern technology, enhance self-reliance and boost food production in the country.
He appealed that Nigerians should support the Present Administration in its commitment to position the Agricultural Sector to attain economic growth and food security.
“We need to give the Government the necessary support and cooperation to enable it achieve success in terms of food security ,job creation and increased Internally Generated Revenue “.
The Minister challenged the farmers to rise up to the challenge of meeting the expectation of government for the sector being the backbone of the nation’s economy.
Nanono reiterated the Administration’s Commitment to revolutionize the Agricultural System with a deliberate plan to attract Investors and set up Assembly Plants in Nigeria.
He also informed that “already, we are planning to establish service centers across the 774 local government areas across Nigeria where farmers can access improved seed and other farm inputs. With the setting of the service centres, equipment will be sourced and assembled in Nigeria to serve the rural and urban farmers. Federal Government is attracting these companies to set up their factories in Nigeria and when they do that, it will generate more jobs’’.
He said the ministry would continue to support farmers like the Rice Millers, yam, wheat, maize, etc. to produce more to meet the nation’s demand.”

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