16 November, 2019

FROM AKWA IBOM STATE, MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES, ENGR. SULEIMAN ADAMU BACKS BORDER CLOSURE AND THE BANNING OF IMPORTATION OF RICE AND OTHER FOOD STAPLES INTO THE COUNTRY, SAYS IT WILL BOOST AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.

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If agriculture goes wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right in the country. Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own. Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.

Toney Etido... (Senior staff writer)

Engr. Suleiman Adam.
President Mohammadu Buhari’s (PMB)’s Minister of Water Resources has thrown his support behind his boss’ strong political will of banning the importation of rice and other staple food items into Nigeria, and of course the closure of the country’s borders. Describing the action as a very strong statement directed at Agricultural Renaissance in Nigeria.

Adamu, who was delivering his goodwill message at the International Conference 2019, with the theme, Authentic Agriculture for a Sustainable Food Security in The Global Food System, held at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom state recently, informed participants thus. " as we are gathering here to discussed Authentic Agriculture for a Sustainable Food Security in the Global Food System is a clear indication of the commitment of all spirited public and individuals to end hunger and extreme poverty, which is a global scourge against the human race".

The minister, who was represented by the Managing Director of the Cross River Basin Development Authority, Engr. Bassey Ukposong, revealed that the federal government of Nigeria over the years, through various agencies of government has strengthened policies and institutional framework geared toward the realization of the food security and food sufficiency in Nigeria, pointing out further that both policies and strategies have improve Agricultural practice in the country, leading to increased food production. Acknowledging the role the federal ministry of water resources, which he identified as a major driver of the food production drive of Nigeria plays, the MD further revealed to participants that the ministry is constantly upgrading its irrigational infrastructure, including the development of new dams and reservoirs to ensure all year round cropping, which is a sure path to sustainable food security. Engr. Ukposong also appreciated the place of Research and Development (R&D) in the actualization of Authentic Agriculture for a Sustainable Food Security in the Global Food System, pointing out that it cannot be over emphasized in the quest for Food Security in any developing economy such as ours.  

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