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Nigeria’s 56% agricultural land not in use – Minister

As more than 56% of the available agricultural land remained unutilized, the Federal Government stated on Thursday that there were several chances in the agriculture industry.

During his remarks to attendees of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development’s 45th regular meeting, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development made this statement on Thursday in Jos.Information Guide Nigeria

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According to the Minister, “Nigeria is endowed with a total of 79million hectares of agricultural land with only 44% being cultivated. The nation also has 267 billion cubic meters of fresh surface water and 58 billion cubic meters of underground water, with 37 billion cubic meters only stored in dams. Annual rainfall in the country is within 300mm to 4,000mm. Conversely, the potential irrigable area is about 3.14 million hectares with less than 7% utilized presently.”JAMB Result

“This is being guided by the new framework of the National Agricultural Technology and Innovation Policy, 2022-2027, launched in August 2022, which seeks to modernize the agricultural sector in line with changing global food systems and supply chains.

“Actually, NATIP is the Ministry’s response to the present Administration Agenda of diversifying the nation’s economy from petroleum oil-based to Agriculture and solid minerals. The document serves as the successor policy of the Agricultural Promotion Policy, 2016-2020, with a view to developing priority value chains on the basis of comparative ecological advantage across crops, livestock and fisheries sub-sectors in collaboration with the States Government.

“In pursuant of our mandate of ensuring food security, employment generation, and wealth creation in the country, the Ministry is committed to supporting the establishment of over 100 processing centres in the rural communities across the nation under the Green Imperative Project of a private-driven mechanization programme.”

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Emediong Ekpe

Emediong Ekpe is a graduate of English. A professional Sports journalist/analyst, and a spoken word artist. He is passionate about decimating information and putting smiles on people's faces via news writing.

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