A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Osita Okechukwu has announced that the Federal Government’s rural approaches were fit for giving a source to reimbursement of the country’s unfamiliar obligation.
Okechuwku, who is the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, offered the comments while addressing APC young people in Enugu during the end of the week.
He asked the youths to join Buhari’s Agrarian Revolution for food security and food exports to USA, China, Saudi Arabia, and so forth.
“It’s high time our youths join the Buhari’s Agrarian Revolution (#BUGREV) for food security and food exports. Methinks Nigeria can repay the Chinese loans with food exports. China imports food in billions of dollars annually.
“BUGREV is the risorgimento for food security and food export to China, United States, Saudi Arabia and host of other countries. It is painful that our youths are not engaging sufficiently in agriculture, especially the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP), an arm of Buhari’s Agrarian Revolution devoted to young farmers, women farmers and poor subsistence farmers,” he said.
On the possibility to use it and pay huge loans from China with food exports, especially when herder crises and all other insecurity is affecting farming, Okechukwu emphatically said “insecurity cannot continue indefinitely; more so, when Mr President had emphatically ordered the arrest of those Herdsmen bearing arms without Licence. And don’t forget that many states are quietly curbing Farmers/Herdsmen clashes. In Enugu for instance we have Forest Guards and in the South West we have Amotekun.”
Proceeding, Okechukwu arrated how improved farming creation will support rail haulage on the homegrown side, adding that food fare to China will adjust the nation’s import/export imbalance with China.
Asked how practical it is send out food to China, US and different nations, Okechukwu responded to that “China’s complete food imports added up to 58.28 billion dollars a year ago, up 25% year-on-year, while the yearly normal development rate over the past five years was 5.7 percent, information from the organization appeared.
“The European Union remained China’s largest supplier of food, followed by the United States, New Zealand, Indonesia and Canada. Meat, oil, dairy, and seafood were among the most popular food imports in China.”
Okechukwu maintained that “with vigour and dedication we can have a big cut from the over $50 billion dollars China uses for food imports.
“Is it not embarrassing that advanced countries like Europe and the United States have more food to export than agrarian countries like Nigeria? Yet every crop and every livestock on earth is adaptable to one square meter or the other square meter in Nigeria.
“It is the same with the US which some years ago enacted AGOA for countries like Nigeria. And we have been unable to exploit it because of our over dependence on oil.”
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