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Ruling party lauds growth of agro sector

2015-01-08 21:31
Goodluck Jonathan
Goodluck Jonathan. (File: AFP)

Abuja - The unique intervention of President Goodluck Jonathan in agriculture has placed the country Nigeria on the sure path to food sufficiency, his ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said.

The ruling party, in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, released on Thursday, said Jonathan had strategically re-engineered this sector that had direct impact on the welfare of the citizens in line with the manifesto of the PDP and its avowed commitment to uplifting the living standards of all Nigerians.

“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,” PDP stated.

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Under Jonathan, the country had through strategic partnerships with the private sector, expanded food production by an additional 21 million tonnes between 2011 and 2014, a record exceeding the nation’s set target of 20 million tonnes set for 2015, the party added.

Between 2013 and July 2014, the nation’s food import bill declined by

US$5,3 billion and is still falling, even with the increasing population.

PDP said within the same period, additional 9 million metric tonnes of food had been produced while over 2,7 million farm jobs had been created.

“With all these, Nigeria now ranks as one of the biggest food producers in Africa,” said PDP.

Agriculture contributes 22 percent to Africa’s most populous country’s Gross Domestic Product.


- CAJ News
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