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
US$5,3 billion and is still falling, even with the
PDP said within the same period, additional 9 million
metric tonnes of food had been produced while over 2,7 million farm jobs had
“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.