Vanguard (Lagos)

2 June 2012

Nigeria: Minister Lists Gains of Transformation Agenda On Agric

Honourable Minister of State, Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Bukar Tijani, has told the visiting Year 2012 Officials of the ADB-funded Project Supervision and Monitoring Team that Nigeria's transformation programme in the agricultural sector has positively impacted on the lives of all Nigerian communities.

The team, comprising of the director, co-ordinators and officials of the Community-Based Agriculture and Rural Development Project (CBARDP), National Programme on Food Security (NPSF) and that of Africa Development Bank ADB, was led by the Regional Head of the ADB in Tanzania, Mr. Evans Ntagwabira, and paid a one-day working visit to Tijani.

The minister said value addition initiatives on nine crops, livestock, poultry, fishery, horti- and aqua-culture farming were key performance indicators of the 11 value chain programme of the Jonathan administration.

He said that the programme, which has multifaceted objectives to ensure food security in the nation, also looks at wealth and jobs creation for young graduates.

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