Chief Audu Ogbeh, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has said that the current economic challenges facing the nation will last longer than expected.
Chief Ogbeh however said the only way out of the current crisis is for Nigerians to embrace farming and purse food sufficiency.
Speaking during the ‘One man, One hectare’ demonstration in Ezillo, Ebonyi State, the Minister blamed past administrations for the development, stating that they were responsible for the present predicament.
“Past administrations in the country depended wholly on oil and resorted to massive importation. The country imported virtually every item; from toothpicks to palm produce but, the country doesn’t have money again to import.”
“The hunger in the land might last for a while, but soon, there will be enough food in the country and also for export.”
Chief Audu Ogbeh noted that the effort of the Federal Government in vigorously pursuing farming would be unrelenting.
“Government will provide machines for Ebonyi State for the harvesting of rice and other farm produce and those to prepare crop nursery before planting.”
“The Federal Government will inaugurate dams in all states of the country in the next two years, to ensure all year farming activities.”
“All political office holders in the executive and legislature have farmlands in this demonstration farm as the programme would be the order of the day in the state.”
“We want to excel in palm produce sector as we have done in rice production, as we are going to plant the produce at 10 metres of verges of roads in state and federal roads.”
“All citizens of the state would cultivate at least one hectare because the government did not want any land to lie fallow.”
In his remark, Governor David Umahi, said that the state was aggressively venturing into agriculture to make its economy self-sufficient.