The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Mahmood, said this on Friday at a ministerial press briefing in celebration of the 2021 World Food Day in Abuja.
He said, “Through our various empowerment initiatives along production, processing and marketing of agricultural commodities, we have lifted a total of 4,205,576 Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years.
“This is going to continue as part of Mr President’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years.”
Mahmood said in the area of capacity building, a total of 2,205,576 farmers, comprising youths and women, were trained and empowered on different agricultural value chains.
He said through the National Accelerated Fish Production Programme, a total of 783,102 metric tonnes of fish were cultivated via the exploration of marine resources in Deep Sea/Exclusive Economic Zone and the exploration of inland water bodies by fish farmers and fishermen.
The minister said the agricultural sector would increase its contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product from 23 per cent to 50 per cent in the next 10 years.
He noted that with the concerted efforts of agricultural entrepreneurs and the inputs of other industry operators, the sector would achieve the target.
“With concerted effort of agro-entrepreneurs, I am very optimistic that the contribution of agriculture to the Nigerian economy will increase exponentially from 23 per cent to over 50 per cent in the next 10 years,” Mahmood said.