President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hailed the successes recorded by the country in agriculture in the past two years.
The President stated this when he received the State governors who paid him a goodwill visit at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“You are all doing your best and we are lucky our best has proved to be good enough.
“(Our) emphasis (has been) on agriculture and solid minerals right from our campaign days.
“We are more successful on agriculture because I think people could not afford to buy foreign food.
“And all that we have learnt we will revert to the old system that we had of cooperatives right from local government levels up to the centre.
“I am very pleased with the reaction and don’t forget, I was told that most of the food, because Naira has gone down, are being bought by people from Burkina Faso to the Central African Republic.
“That trade has been there for generations and we cannot stop it,” he said.
The President remarked that the devaluation of the Naira was umfortunate but not the making of the present administratiom.
Buhari stated that people had asked him to be stricter on the border, adding that “we said that we will be strict on imported food so that our farmers can be more encouraged’’.
He also thanked God that last year and this year, the harvest throughout the country was much better than it used to be.
The president expressed elation that Nigerians had embraced farming and had worked hard on their lands to produce more food.