President Muhammad Buhari has said that on the issue of food security, to protect agricultural investments and boost confidence to Nigerian farmers, his administration has deployed thousands of Agro-Rangers to the farms across the nation.Speaking while chaired a Meeting of the National Food Security Council on Thursday, the President noted the devastating impact of recent floods on the progress his administration made so far, as he sent condolences to the victims and their families.
According to him, “I am pleased to note that many Nigerians are taking advantage of the immense opportunities in the agriculture and agri-business sector. I want to assure you that this Government will continue to support these initiatives and many more to come.”While key actors in the Nigerian Agricultural space are championing increased hectares under cultivation, it has become very necessary to pivot our attention and resources to how we can improve yield per hectare. We must ensure this”, he said.
He added that his administration is integrating rural communities to the formal economy by extending access to credit and inputs to rural farmers, and building feeder roads. “We have also invested in building our strategic grain reserves in recent years.”We are grateful to all our farmers for their hard work. We will continue to do everything to support them, including those impacted by the recent flooding disaster. Already, we are working to ensure the losses from this wet season are replaced in the coming dry planting season”, he said.