President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to vigorously pursue and implement to the letter policies to boost Agriculture in the country.
He said this when the Bulgarian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Vesselin Blagoer Delcher, paid him a courtesy visit, saying that the country must produce what the citizens would eat.
He said, ‘‘we must produce what we eat. We don’t have unlimited resources to continue the importation of food items that can be produced locally.
"Fortunately, some Nigerians have shown foresight by building factories that process agricultural products within the country.
‘‘They have created a value chain that boosts employment, protects our foreign reserves and safeguards the economy from external shocks.
"We will do all that we can to encourage others to join in the effort to achieve national self-sufficiency in food production.”
President Buhari said that his administration would evolve and implement policies that would help Nigeria become self-sufficient in food production because continued importation of food could expose the country to more external shocks.
The President noted that the unbridled importation of food also contributes to the depletion of the country’s foreign reserves and deprives citizens of job opportunities.
The President said that his administration would also help and encourage Nigerian farmers to adopt modern, technology-driven methods that guarantee higher production and returns on investment.