President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday stated that the Federal Government would no longer handle agriculture as a development program but rather as a serious business.
This is in a bid to diversify the economy.
Alhaji Umar Farouk the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development who spoke on behalf of the President in Calabar, saying the government will focus on helping the private sector agricultural endevours.
“Agriculture must cease from being treated as development programme; Agriculture must be treated as business.”
“Our goal will be to pursue government supported private sector agriculture value chain to make agriculture more productive, efficient and competitive.
“To provide enough food for domestic supply and create jobs through agriculture value chain.”