The Federal Government has urged farmers to deepen collaborations that would strengthen the agricultural sector and diversify the nation’s economy.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, made the appeal in Abuja during the National Farmers Day Celebration.
The event was themed: “Farmers Development: A panacea to Nigeria’s economic impasse“.
Abubakar stated that agriculture is a sector people can continue to diversify into without end.
“Agriculture can never end, as long as humanity exists and we must come together to move the country forward through agriculture.
“The economy was depending on oil and gas for our foreign exchange and development until the inception of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, who initiated agriculture as the way forward for Nigeria.
“The small-holder farmers consisting of women and youths constitute 70 per cent of the production of food in this country and we cannot do without them.
“The ministry has been working with the smallholder farmers to achieve the objectives of the president to move the nation forward through agricultural diversification of the country.