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Food Shortage Will Be Over In 2 Years – Ogbeh

The minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has assured that the food shortage problems in the country would soon be over in two years.

The minister gave the assurance on July 22, 2016, when he received in audience the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, in his office in Abuja.

According to a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, yesterday, Ogbeh commended the governor’s commitment in the agriculture sector and promised to support and involve the state in the ministry’s programmes.

He said, “The ministry would be willing to help the state with fish fingerling production and other areas to boost food production in the country.”

The minister advised the governor on the use of the NPK 15-15 fertiliser, which according to him, destroys the soil. He also encouraged the state to consider the use of lemon grass to tackle the erosion problems in the state.

Ogbeh explained that “the ministry was considering the need to add 10 per cent soya beans into cassava to enrich it with more protein for more nourishment for the children. Furthermore, about 15,000 tractors which have broken down out of the 30,000 available in the country would be repaired to support farmers in Nigeria.”

The minister, who commended Anambra State for improving its rice production capacity from 80,000 metric tonnes to 210,000 metric tonnes, disclosed that the ministry has succeeded in reclaiming all the universities of agriculture and commenced the process of training 100,000 extension workers up to the local government areas. He also stated government’s determination to take off wandering cows out of the streets of the country in 18 months.

Earlier in his remarks, Obiano said that Anambra State has been doing well in commercial agriculture, saying that the state spent almost N150 million last year to boost seedlings. The governor stated that the state has commenced the exportation of ‘ugwu’ and ‘bitter leaves’ to the United Kingdom, saying about N20 million was used for the training of farmers on packaging them for exportation.
The minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has assured that the food shortage problems in the country would soon be over in two years.

The minister gave the assurance on July 22, 2016, when he received in audience the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, in his office in Abuja.

According to a statement made available to LEADERSHIP, yesterday, Ogbeh commended the governor’s commitment in the agriculture sector and promised to support and involve the state in the ministry’s programmes.

He said, “The ministry would be willing to help the state with fish fingerling production and other areas to boost food production in the country.”

The minister advised the governor on the use of the NPK 15-15 fertiliser, which according to him, destroys the soil. He also encouraged the state to consider the use of lemon grass to tackle the erosion problems in the state.

Ogbeh explained that “the ministry was considering the need to add 10 per cent soya beans into cassava to enrich it with more protein for more nourishment for the children. Furthermore, about 15,000 tractors which have broken down out of the 30,000 available in the country would be repaired to support farmers in Nigeria.”

The minister, who commended Anambra State for improving its rice production capacity from 80,000 metric tonnes to 210,000 metric tonnes, disclosed that the ministry has succeeded in reclaiming all the universities of agriculture and commenced the process of training 100,000 extension workers up to the local government areas. He also stated government’s determination to take off wandering cows out of the streets of the country in 18 months.

Earlier in his remarks, Obiano said that Anambra State has been doing well in commercial agriculture, saying that the state spent almost N150 million last year to boost seedlings. The governor stated that the state has commenced the exportation of ‘ugwu’ and ‘bitter leaves’ to the United Kingdom, saying about N20 million was used for the training of farmers on packaging them for exportation.

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