Agriculture lifted 4.21m Nigerians out of poverty —FG – Punch Newspapers

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Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja

The Federal Authorities on Friday said about 4.21 million Nigerians have been enhanceed out of poverty by way of the agricultural sector Contained in the previous two years.

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

He said, “Through our numerous empowerment initiatives, Collectively with 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 Inside The subsequent 10 years.”

In The world of performance constructing, Mahmood said An complete Of two,205,576 farmers comprising youths And women have been educated and empohave beend on completely different agricultural worth chains, As a Outcome of the practice was nonetheless ongoing.

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

The minister further said that 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 the 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.

He said The goal of the WFD celebration was To promote worldwide movement To finish hunger, malnutrition, poverty and Make constructive That everyone Always and places had bodily and economic entry to nutritious food.

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