President Muhammadu Buhari says the agriculture policies of his administration have had positive impact on the country and have given the citizens a new lease of life.
Buhari said many Nigerians have abandoned their salary and white collar jobs to make ridges and plough the soil for planting of crops due to the policies of his government.
Buhari said policies of his government which has boosted agriculture which is also generating more jobs for people.
Buhari spoke on Wednesday when he hosted former Prime Minister of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ato Hailemariam Dessalegn Boshe, at the State House Abuja on Friday, his spokesperson Femi Adesina said in a statement.
The president also said the deliberate policies of his government has ensured that Nigerians eat foods that are grown locally as importation of many foodstuffs has been blocked.
Buhari added that the country diversified its economy to agriculture because it could no longer rely on proceeds of crude oil owing to the erratic nature of crude prices.
“We needed to go back to the land, as petroleum could no longer sustain the country, particularly with fluctuating prices,” Mr Buhari said. “Today, we eat what we grow, and we have stopped importation of many food products. There’s no foreign exchange to even waste again.”
He further said that agriculture is now attractive to some Nigerians who now leave their offices to farm.
“Agriculture has also helped us to generate employment. We have embraced technology, and some people are even leaving the offices to go back to the land. And they are not regretting it. That is the feedback we get,” Mr Buhari said.