Determined to accelerate the drive for economic diversification in the face of dwindling oil output, Federal Government, Monday, launched its flagship agric policy intiative, “Green Alternative” designed to return the country to full scale agricultural production.
The policy and strategy document seeks to promote agriculture policy of government covering 2016 to 2020.
Speaking at the event held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, Vice President, Yomi Osinbajo, said resuscitating the agricultural sector was key to Nigeria’s economic recovery. He said the Green Alternative policy would address the challenges faced in the agric sector of the economy.
“If we get agric right, we will no doubt get the economy right. And we believe that the policy will address the challenges in the agric sector”, he said.
In his remarks, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, said it was time for Nigerians to embrace agriculture as the only way of getting the country out of economic doldrums and realising its greatness. As part of the programme, he said, government was planning to embark on cocoa plantation in 23 states of the federation.
In order to close the gaps in the sector, he said government would plant three million cashew trees while working on the production of lemon grass oil which he said was in high demand in Europe.
On water infrastructure, Ogbeh said government was seeking funds to build 10 dams in every state of the federation including FCT in addition to concluding uncompleted dam projects in different states.