The Nigeria Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh has said that the country saved about $21 billion on food importation in the last 3 and half years.
Ogbeh while addressing a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital, said that the country’s exportation increased by 500 per cent.
“Two banks in Nigeria announced that we have actually save $21 billion on food import in 3 and half years, and the Bureau of Statistics has affirmed that agriculture exportation has gone up to 500 per cent since we came in, and we are just beginning.
“We need value addition, we need cottage industries, we need to decongest the cities so that young people can be comfortable in their rural environments, making money and living a good life, we want to minimize the tendency of our young people crossing the desert to Europe in search of happiness which doesn’t exist anywhere”, Ogbeh said.
Edwin is an agriculture enthusiast who believes in the potency of agriculture in driving economic growth in developing countries. He also believes in the use of biotechnology to advance agriculture in order to fight hunger and poverty. Edwin believes in the power of the media to bridge the gap between policy makers, sector actors and the farmers, especially those in the rural areas.