By Franca Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Muhammadu Buhari has called on agencies involved in agriculture to prioritize the inclusion of more youths in agriculture to drive national economic growth, promising that an enabling environment will be created for full participation for all those interested.
The President’s charge was made on Tuesday in Abuja during the inauguration of the National Young Farmers Scheme, put together by the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) to encourage more youth participation in farming.
According to the President, agriculture was the fiber of the Nigerian economy, as it was the highest contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In his words, “We will do more to expand, modernize and revolutionize our agriculture, which is our most important asset,” he was quoted to have said in a statement signed by media aid, Femi Adesina.
“I have directed that all NALDA’s abandoned farm estates be retrieved to enable thousands of our young men and women to be engaged in farming. This Administration will be achieving agricultural mechanization through this scheme and I am confident that Nigeria under my watch, we will achieve food security in producing most of what we eat. In good harvest years we may even export our surpluses and earn foreign exchange.”