Hon. Mustapha Shehuri, Minister of State for agriculture commended the Federal Government on its border closure policy,saying it has increased local rice production and created more jobs.
Shehuri disclosed this at the weekend during his visit to the Livestock House of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Kaduna State.He, however, assured farmers on accessibility of better farming equipment and government support.
According to him, the visit was to make sure that the staff and management team were working in line with the objectives of government of improving the farmers capacity toward food production.
Shehuri said that the farming equipment being procured by the ministry would be sold to farmers at 50 per cent discount to improve their production amidst the border closure saga.
“We will make sure the equipment go to the people they are meant for because procurement of the equipment is an investment by the government to achieve its policy of diversification through the agricultural sector.
“With the border closure and diversification policy, we now produce the rice we consume, which is a pohasitive result as against two to three years ago when we were importing 90 per cent of our rice.
“The border closure s now made rice farmers to be smiling to the banks, it has created more jobs, not only on rice but also other commodities that we consume,” he said
Shehuri showered praises on Nigerian farmers for working tirelessly even without assistance from the government to improve the country’s economy, adding that agriculture is seen as a business and Nigerians can be assured of better jobs from the growth that it has recorded.