GREAT REVELATION!!! How President Muhammadu Buhari Revolutionised The Agricultural Sector In Just Three years

By Joshua Amaugo July 27, 2018 18:05

GREAT REVELATION!!! How President Muhammadu Buhari Revolutionised The Agricultural Sector In Just Three years

Despite the security challenges in the country and other perceived inadequacies of President Muhammadu Buhari, since he came into power, in 2015, Post-Nigeria has gathered that the President has long kept his campaign promise of revamping Nigeria’s Agricultural sector.

In late 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari had launched the pilot phase of the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, ABP, spurring thousands to debut as rice growers on at least one hectare of land each.

Post-Nigeria gathered also, that N55.5 billion has been so far invested in the programme, with over 250,000 Farmers as beneficiaries across States of the Federation.

At the launch, President Buhari disclosed that Nigeria was spending not less than N1 trillion, on the importation of food items that could have been produced locally, a situation that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, said was contributing “greatly to the depletion of the nation’s foreign reserves, especially in the face of low oil revenue, resulting from falling oil prices.”

Following the huge success of the programme, at 8am every morning, hundreds of Farmers throng Birni Sala, an upland farming area, along Gubin Ka (River Ka), in Jega town of Kebbi State. At about the same time, thousands more head to their farms, in other Kebbi communities, like Argungu, Bagudo, Augie, Kangiwa, Kalgo, and Yauri.

Same was recorded in other States of the Federation.

The Farmers produce about 100 bags from a one-hectare farm. With a bag selling for N10,000 to N12,000, in the Markets; each of these Farmers are making over N1 million.

The Farmers said they spend less than N200,000 within the about five-month cycle of growing rice.

One of the debutants, Umaru Salihu, a level nine Healthcare worker in Kebbi State civil service, where he earns about N34,000, monthly, said: “I was suffering. Before the end of the month, I would have finished my salary, and be waiting for the next one.”

Encouraged by the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme, Mr. Salihu got one hectare of land, at Zariyar Kala-Kala, in Bagudo, to grow rice. Now, he has a ten hectare farmland, five of which he currently cultivates.

Recall, that the President as at June this year, commissioned the automated rice seed and seedling factory, in Cross Rivers State capital, Calabar.

The automated seed and seedling factory, is believed to be the first in Africa, and the President is confident that the seedlings from the factory will improve rice production and sufficiency nationwide.

He said: “When we assumed the reins of leadership of our dear country, this administration launched a zero oil economic road-map, as a way of making our country less dependent on oil, while encouraging investment in other sectors of the economy, particularly Agriculture.

“Indeed, this factory speaks loudly about the giant strides we are making in Agriculture as a country. This monumental project for which we are gathered here today, is a marvel to behold”, President Buhari had said.

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