By Ahmed Abubakar
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan in agriculture has placed Nigeria on the sure path to food sufficiency.
It added that the President has delivered in this critical sector.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement issued yesterday said President Jonathan has strategically re-engineered the sector that has direct impact on the welfare of the citizens in line
with the manifesto of the PDP.
“In the last four years, the Jonathan administration repositioned agriculture from the traditional subsistence occupation to an investment-driven, wealth-creating sector that guarantees food security
in the country.
“Under President Jonathan, our country has through strategic partnership with the private sector, expanded food production by an additional 21 million metric tons between 2011 and 2014, a record exceeding the nation’s set target of 20 million metric tons set for 2015.
“Between 2013 and July 2014, the nation’s food import bill declined by USD5.3 billion and still falling, even with our increasing population.
Within the same period, additional 9 million metric tons of food has been produced, while over 2.7 million farm jobs have been created. With all these, Nigeria now ranks as one of the biggest food producers in Africa.
“Under President Jonathan, our country has met its Millennium Development Goal on agriculture and food production two years ahead of 2015 target set by the United Nations, thereby earning a special award by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.