PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI CRITICIZES NIGERIANS’ RELIANCE ON IMPORTED FOOD.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the continued reliance on imported food by Nigerians, insisting that there was no reason for that given the abundant resources and knowledge available in the country.

He said the agricultural sector, apart from helping the nation attain food security, remains the major driver in industrial development, and diversification from heavy dependence on non-renewable mineral oil.

Buhari, who spoke at the 10th Convocation Ceremony of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, said the expectations of his government was for the universities of agriculture to drive the rapid development of the knowledge and skills needed to increase the local production of food and raw materials.

Represented by the Minister of Agriculture, Dr Mohammed Mahmood Abubakar, the President said the agricultural policies of his administration were focused on achieving a sustainable green economy.

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