President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that Nigeria is still incapable of feeding itself and providing raw materials for its industries on its own, through agriculture.
President Buhari made this disclosure at the opening of the 40th Kaduna International Trade Fair. He said that despite the fact that agriculture contributes to 25.5 per cent of Nigeria’s GDP and 50 per cent of its labour force, the country still face challenges in feeding itself.
The Kaduna International Trade Fair is a 10-day an annual event organised by the Kaduna Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA), where both local and international business ideas and inventions are showcased.
Speaking at the event, President Buahri said that “Nigeria has continued to face the challenge of meeting domestic food requirements, providing raw materials for the manufacturing sector and export.
“Therefore, creating a strong linkage between agriculture and industry is a sure way of bringing about sustainable growth by creating new jobs, improving value addition.
“The move will also create wealth for farming communities, improve manufacturing output and enable
President Buhari went ahead to describe the state governments as great allies for successful businesses in Nigeria, citing that their commitment and effort is required for businesses to succeed in the country.
“For instance, we rely on state governments to provide access to land, act as mediators in conflict prevention and resolution,
“States also provide the needed infrastructure to link farms to processing plants and markets, and above all, provide a conducive environment for businesses and their host communities to thrive.
“I am glad to say that we have such a partner in the Kaduna State Government.” the president said.
The President went ahead to assure that the Federal Government under him will continue to engage KADCCIMA and the organised private sector to catalyse investment and improve the ease of doing business.
Also speaking at the event, the Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai congratulated KADCCIMA for 40 years of successful trade fair outing and organisation of the private sector to contribute to national development. He also assured that his government would continue to build the needed human capital by equipping teeming youths in the state with skills for entrepreneurship development.
Governor El-Rufai who was represented by the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe enumerated the successes of the state through its investment friendly environment.
Meanwhile speaking earlier, the President of KADCCIMA, Hajiya Muheeba Dankaka, described the 40th edition of the fair as unique, considering KADCIMA’s 40 years of contribution to the development of Kaduna State and the country.
She, however, commended the Federal and the Kaduna State Government for promoting the growth of the private sector in the state through various business-friendly policies.