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Agricultural Revolution to train 100,000 Nigerians as Workers

The Greatest agricultural revolution is about to begin in Nigeria, going by the words of the Honorable Minister of Information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

In the text, that is made available to us at OgaCEO in Abuja on Thursday, 3 June 2020, it reveals the stages that are set for the implementation of this noble idea.

The Honorable Minister, began by hinting at the agricultural revolution that the Administration is about to embark upon, and he says that the Hon. Minister of Agriculture, together with him will be providing the details.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is set to revolutionize agriculture in Nigeria through a programme called THE GREEN IMPERATIVE, a Nigeria-Brazil Bilateral Agriculture Development Programme.

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He went further by saying; “It is the outcome of Nigeria’s decision, dating back to 6 June 2016, to enrol in Brazil’s Government-to-Government More Food International Programme (MFIP). Following that decision, and between June 2016 and December 2019, several high level Ministerial and technical visits and exchanges have occurred between the two countries.

During one of such visits, the Bilateral Protocol of Intention with the Government of Brazil was signed in March 2017.”

The Honorable Minster noted that, His Excellency the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo launched THE GREEN IMPERATIVE programme officially on the 17th of January 2019 in the presence of the representatives of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Deutsche Bank as well as Brazilian and Nigerian private sector.

THE GREEN IMPERATIVE is worth US$1.2 billion and is to be implemented over a period of 5-10 years with funding from the Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES) and Deutsche Bank; with insurance provided by Brazilian Guarantees and Fund Managements Agency (ABGF) and the Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Export Credit (ICIEC) of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and coordinated by Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).

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Highlighting the impacts the programme will have, The Honorable Minister posited that it will create sustainable supply chain of agricultural raw materials for our large manufacturing companies to source locally, thereby saving billions of US Dollars in food-related forex. It will also train about 100,000 extension workers within 3 years.

Furthermore, he says, it will impact over 35 million persons nutritionally and economically by revitalizing our Research and Extension service delivery through a 5-year technology-package transfer component.

 THE GREEN IMPERATIVE is expected to benefit the transfer of technology from Brazil’s manufacturers and institutions to Nigeria.

The programme design was jointly done by Nigeria and Brazil. The Honourable Minister of

set up a High-Level Inter-Ministerial Committee for the bilateral programme design. And in the course of the programme design, the Brazilian technical mission visited Nigeria and met with rural small-holder farmers, confirms the Minister.

He went further by saying the Nigerian technical team also embarked on a study tour of three African countries (Ghana, Kenya and Senegal) where MFIP is being implemented to study their challenges as well as their successes or failures.

The Nigerian technical team has also visited the selected assembly plants in the six geopolitical zones to determine in-country capacity to handle the assembly of a CKD-based programme of this magnitude.

The Honorable Minister who couldn’t help but heap a lot of praises on his boss Administration effort since 2015 in working hard to bring about irreversible change in many sectors and to diversify the economy away from oil.

He said that, “the many unprecedented programmes embarked upon by the Administration have touched the power sector, where timelines have been given for ending the age-long power supply problem; food security, especially production of rice, a national staple, through the Anchor Borrower’s Programme; the unique Social Intervention Programme (SIP); the unprecedented infrastructural renewal project covering roads, bridges, rail, etc; the pepped-up fight against corruption; the innovative programmes to create jobs and the unrelenting fight against insecurity, among others.”

Alhaji Lai Mohammed concluded by saying; “The stage is now set for an agricultural revolution that will strengthen food security, create massive jobs, transfer technology, revive or reinvigorate many assembly plants, strengthen the economy, save scarce resources, mechanize farming and lead to the emergence of value-added agriculture, among other benefits.”

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