Agriculture lifted 4.21 million Nigerians out of poverty


The Federal Authorities has said about 4.21 million Nigerians have been enhanceed out of poverty by way of the agricultural sector Prior to now two years.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Enchancment, Mohammad Mahmood, said this on Friday at a ministerial press briefing in celebration of the 2021 World Meals Day in Abuja.

He said, “Through our numerous empowerment initiatives alongside manufacturing, processing and advertising of agricultural commodities, We now have enhanceed An complete of 4,205,576 Nigerians out of poverty Inside the final two years.

“That is going to proceed as An factor of Mr President’s promise to enhance 100 million Nigerians out of poverty Contained in the subsequent 10 years.”

Mahmood said Inside The world of performance constructing, An complete Of two,205,576 farmers, comprising youths And women, have been educated and empohave beend on completely different agricultural worth chains.

He said by way of the Nationwide Accelerated Fish Production Programme, An complete of 783,102 metric tonnes of fish have been cultivated by way of the exploration of marine assets in Deep Sea/Unique Financial Zone and the exploration of inland water our bodies by fish farmers and fishermen.

The minister said the agricultural sector would enhance its contribution to the nation’s Gross Home Product from 23 per cent to 50 per cent Inside The subsequent 10 years.

He famous that with the concerted efforts of agricultural entrepreneurs and the inputs of completely different enterprise operators, the sector would obtain the goal.

“With concerted effort of agro-entrepreneurs, I am very optimistic that the contribution of agriculture to the Nigerian financial system will enhance exponentially from 23 per cent to over 50 per cent Inside The subsequent 10 years,” Mahmood said.

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