As part of efforts to encourage the production of wheat in Nigeria, the Federal Government has approved N922m to mop up 7,000 metric tonnes of breeders foundation and certified wheat seeds in order to expand the wheat value chain.
The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, disclosed while speaking at a press conference in Kaduna yesterday.
Adeshina, who was represented by the North-West Regional Director in the ministry, Dr. Nyam Y. Leo, said the federal government is embarking on an awareness campaign to encourage wheat production in the country. According to him, the program which started in 2012 saw wheat farmers in Nigeria planting grains neither certified nor hybrid wheat seeds which led to decline in productivity.
“The Minister was in Kebbi and Zamfara states recently and revealed to the whole world potential of Nigeria’s wheat production especially inBakolori irrigation site.
“In view of this, I have already approved N922m to mop up 7,000 metric tonnes of breeders foundation and certified wheat seeds for the envisaged expansions in the wheat value chain,” he said.
Adesina, who said the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA), is a tool by the federal government to improve agricultural production which will lead to continuity, consistency, commitment and value chain.
“We’re repositioning the ministry to reduce dependency on food imports, increase crop yield, enhance incomes for farmers, reduce poverty, increase foreign exchange, enhance food security and ensure national security.”
“The approach map out by the ministry to achieve its goals include devaluation of power to states and regions, farmers registration and data base, input supply, value added industries, attract foreign and private sector involvement and partition for sustainability,” the Minister added.