The Federal Government has announced that the commencement of ‘the livestock pilot scheme programme’ in selected states would begin soon. The purpose is to transform the livestock sector and amass more revenue for the economy.
Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono stated that, Nigeria needs to exploit the livestock sector, as it is a national asset worth over N33 trillion. According to Nanono, the livestock programme is worth over 400,000 euros and is set to pilot in Nasarawa State.
Nanono emphasized that the agricultural sector is the key to achieving self-sufficiency in food production and fostering job creation. He opined that for this to be achieved, the youth must be engaged to get them off the streets and bring back agro- production and processing back into the mainstream of the economy.
In another development, the Agriculture Mechanization Programme is expected to begin soon pending the approval by the National Assembly. The programme involves a full technology package transfer that would cover the entire agricultural value chain, from agricultural production to industrial processing down to marketing.
Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, expressed that Nasarawa has been at the forefront of agricultural development and will continue to create an enabling environment for investors in the state. Sule added that his administration will harness the potential in the sector to create jobs and grow the economy of the state.