Feed Nigeria Summit will build Agribusiness– Minister

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Muhammad Nanono, has said the 2021 Feed Nigeria Summit would build Nigeria’s Agribusiness ecosystem efficiently and sustainably.

The minister said this at the opening of the 2021 Feed Nigeria Summit with the theme entitled: ”Post COVID-19: A Repaired Food System, Pathway to a Revived Economy,” in Abuja.

He said there was need to reposition the agricultural sector as the key economic growth vehicle.

Nanono said the theme could not be ”more pivotal to the national discourse on how to create a sustainable growth trajectory, using agriculture as the leverage to revive and stabilise the economy.”

He said the Summit offered stakeholders opportunity to review the new agricultural policy, the National Agricultural Transformation and Innovation Plan (NATIP) and to discuss the implementation vehicles for the processes.

“The Federal Government has continued to implement new strategies to aid the development of the agricultural sector and strengthen the value chain.

“The focus of the National Agricultural Transformation and Innovation Plan (NATIP) is to aid a new strategy that strengthens the agricultural financial system, reducing food imports and helping to refocus attention on agriculture as a key driver of the Nigerian economy.

“The current administration, under the supervision of President Muhammadu Buhari, is keen on creating an enabling environment for the private sector to lead the recovery of the agricultural sector.

“At the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, we remain gallant in our support of strategic private sector incursions that will provide the much-needed infrastructure, systems, control processes and oversight to ensure a nuanced commercial development of Nigeria’s agricultural market,” he said


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