Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Saturday said the World Food Prize award won by Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture, Akinwumi Adesina, will stimulate people’s interest in agriculture.
Obasanjo disclosed this during an interview with journalists in Iowa state, USA.
He said that the award was an inspiration to all those involved in the agriculture sector either in the aspect of research, production, marketing or financing.
The erstwhile President said: “So what does this (Adesina’s prize) do, it encourages anybody in agriculture in the same way that Nobel prize in any of the areas that it has been created to serve will encourage people in that area.
“And every aspect of agriculture be it research, be it production, be it marketing, be it financing in all aspect of agriculture.
“It should be an encourager and that is why it should help us not only in Nigeria but in Africa generally.”
It could be recalled that Adesina was presented a $250,000 prize and Laureate sculpture at a ceremony at the Iowa State Capitol, United States for winning the 2017 World Food Prize Laureate.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari had said Nigeria remains proud of Adesina for the feat.