The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the implementation of the â€œGreen Alternative, a road map towards diversifying Nigeria’s economy.
Mr Audu Ogbeh The Minister of Agriculture and rural development, made this known on Wednesday in Abuja while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Councils meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to The NEWS NIGERIA , Â Ogbeh stated that the policy objective of the document, which has a four-year implementation period (2016 to 2020), is to make agriculture the biggest alternative to oil and gas business in the bid to diversify the economy.
â€œThe document is titled, â€œThe Green Alternative and it outlines virtually everything we need to do, every policy we need to undertake to achieve self-sufficiency in agriculture and also to become a major exporter of agricultural products, a situation we occupied many decades ago.
He said government was aware of the sufferings of many families caused by food shortage.
Ogbeh, however, stated that government is working hard to reverse the situation through the implementation of various agricultural programmes.
But we are working hard and thank God that ours has not become as bad as one South American country, which was also a major oil producing country, by that I mean Venezuela which situation is definitely a 100 times worst than ours.
â€œBut the point is that where we are going -we believe that in a short while, (another year and half in the maximum) we should be reasonably self-sufficient in grains like rice, maize (and) beans.
We may not achieve everything in wheat but we will be very close to our targets.
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Chiamaka Onyebuchi, Social Media Manager, Novus Agro Limited, Nigeria.