BY JOSHUA DADA,
The Federal Government has expressed readiness to partner with Osun State Government in the ongoing process of massive food production as a means of getting the nation out of the current economic recession.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh who stated this when he paid a courtesy call on the Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola in Osogbo disclosed that Nigeria will by December this year stop the importation of rice due to massive rice production embarked upon by government.
Ogbeh said it is unfortunate that Nigeria is still spending billions of dollars on food importation, thereby calling for maximum collaboration and partnership between and among the various authorities to revamp agriculture.
The minister said the Federal Ministry of Agriculture has been restructured to meet the nation’s needs on food production so as to bring an end to all forms of food importation.
He said the purpose of the visit is to cement the existing relationship between the Osun State Government and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on the need to achieve a better agricultural productivity.
Ogbeh attributed the current economic recession to the nation’s failure to harness her huge potential in agriculture.
Ogheh said Nigeria has gotten to a stage where her numerous God-given resources must be appropriately harnessed, saying the era of sole reliance on crude oil as a means of sustenance has gone.
The Minister said his ministry has meeting with relevant stakeholders to revamp the agriculture sector, a move which he said would go a long way in rescuing the nation out of poverty and unemployment.
He said the ministry has engaged in an extraordinary initiative to rid off the sector of her current challenges, saying no stone will be left unturned to bail the country out of her present predicament.
According to him, it is high time Nigerians, irrespective of socio-economic status, developed interests in whatever that can be use as alternative to crude oil whose era is almost disappearing.