Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says farmers are among the most important people in the country.
Speaking at a meeting in his office with a delegation of the Rice and Wheat Farmers Associations of Nigeria, alongside Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, Professor Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari administration has a clear idea on how to execute its agricultural policy, in order to achieve self-sufficiency in food production and diversify the economy in the process.
The Vice President said by launching the Central Bank Anchor Borrowers financing initiative in Kebbi State in November, while also flagging-off the dry season rice and wheat farming, President Buhari was setting-off an agricultural revolution without saying so.
According to the Vice President, “President Buahri said it during campaigns that pursuing an active agriculture policy in rice and wheat would be important because Nigerians consume them and that will enhance the importation of both.”
Previously, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu observed that the political will of the Buhari Presidency in supporting rice and wheat farmers is revitalising the agricultural sector, raising the esteem of the farmers and heightening productivity.
As a result, he noted that Nigeria would be self-sufficient in rice under two years and in wheat within three years.
In their remarks, the Presidents of both associations expressed satisfaction with the support rice and wheat farmers are now receiving from the federal government.
President of the Rice Farmers Association, Aminu Goronyo said: “it’s a good thing rice farmers are being remembered. Banks are now soliciting farmers to open accounts, even offering banking services on the farms.”
He added that people have also been offering farmers credit lines for purchases; “We have not been having this kind of respect before, we have become kings today.”
The President of the Wheat Farmers Association of Nigeria, Salim Mohammed said: “most rice farmers were also wheat farmers and the productivity level of both sets of farmers has already gone up.”