The Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono has said that some of the Federal Government policies, especially the closure of the nation’s borders is to ensure that Nigerians key into the government’s policy to stem out importation and guarantee food security.
Nanono spoke at the opening of the 49th Annual Conference, meeting and exhibition of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, in Kaduna.
According to the Minister, the policy to stem out importation will consequently enhance the nations’ foreign earning and create jobs for its teeming population.
He said the future of Nigeria lies in agriculture, adding that this is the only way for the country to continue to transform and diversify its economy.
He said a report has shown that rice production peaked at 3.7 million tons in 2017, adding that with appropriate agricultural practice, Nigeria is expected to hit 7.2 million tons in the next 5 years.
Earlier in a welcome address, the National President of the society, Engr. Onoche Anyaoku said the theme of the conference is carefully selected considering the country’s current economic reality, the need to create wealth, jobs and investment opportunities and also feed her teeming populace which are worthy desires of Government that are strongly supported by the Society.
He noted that the principal constraint to the growth of the agricultural sector was the fact that the structure and method of production remained virtually the same for more than four decades after independence.