The Federal Government of Nigeria says it is prioritizing self sufficiency in food production.
The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo who stated this while fielding questions from young Nigerians at a Town Hall meeting, on the side-line of the launch of the National Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Clinics in Ibadan last Tuesday said: “Our major priority is to be self-sufficient in food production, not just to produce it, but to produce it cheaply.”
He said: “When we got into office, we were importing rice at $5 million every single day. Today, we are importing only 2% of our rice and we are able to do so because we funded agriculture through the Anchor Borrower programme. In another year we may not need to import any single grain of rice. This is the same with tomato paste. We are going to become self-sufficient in tomato paste. We are going to become self-sufficient in sorghum, millet and in several other types of grain,” the Vice President added.
On unemployment, Prof. Osinbajo stated that “our own position is that you can attack unemployment in several ways, and we are attacking it in several different ways.”