Nigeria Will Soon Depend On AgrIculture, Not Petroleum – Local Farmers

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A millet farm in Kano

By; JABIRU A HASSAN, Kano

Local farmers in Kano State have expressed optimism that in a near future, Nigeria’s dependence on petroleum resources will be forgotten because President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is trying its best to boost agriculture which was the mainstay of the country  before the discovery of petroleum.

They predicted this when our correspondent visited some farm locations monitoring farming activities and other agricultural produce as a result of regular downpour across Kano State.

Most of the farmers that had a series of interviews with New Nigerian described President Buhari’s policy on agriculture as a channel to Nigeria’s economic progress.

Furthermore, most of the peasant farmers that talked to our correspondent hinted that Nigeria is rapidly advancing in the agric sector, while the issue of dependence of petroleum resources is gradually declining especially with the Federal Government working out strategies that would be of greater advantage to reducing the dependence on petroleum.

Similarly, female farmers disclosed that they are left behind and called on both the federal and states governments to give more opportunities to women in agriculture in order to contribute towards economic development through agriculture despite the challenges facing the occupation.

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