Sen. Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, has advised Nigerians to invest more in farming, as part of efforts to expand the ongoing national economic transformation.
Aguariavwodo, a member of the Senate Committee on Education, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on the sidelines of an to the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB).
He said that griculture remained the fastest route for Nigeria to achieve its economic development goal.
“Before the export of crude oil started to generate about 90 per cent of foreign exchange earnings for the government, the profile of the Nigerian economy was such that it was agrarian.
“Proceeds from the export of agricultural produce helped to fund the first wave of development in the country after its independence in 1960.
“Crude oil has failed the nation, therefore, it is high time the nation went back to the basics, which is agriculture.”
According to him, any nation that cannot feed itself will always be at the mercy of other nations.
He appealed to the private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment provided by the government under the Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).
“If both the private and public sectors team up to invest in agriculture, hunger and malnutrition will be eliminated and Nigerians will be assured of adequate food security.”
Aguariavwodo also urged the nation to rise up to the challenges facing the development of the agriculture sector and participate more actively in the development of the nation’s agriculture.
NAN reports the members of the committee visited the Federal Government-owned tertiary institutions in Ogun State, FUNAAB, Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, and the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro. (NAN)