Nigeria will soon stop food importation – Minister

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on Friday assured that President Muhammadu Buhari was desirous of stopping all forms of food importation into the country.

Onu, who spoke in Bayelsa State when he paid a familiarization visit to the Biotechnology and Resource Development Centre (BIODEC), Odi, said the President strongly believed that Nigeria has the capacity to attain self-sufficiency in food production.

He said, “One legacy President Muhammadu Buhari would want to be remembered for is to ensure that the Nigerian State produces enough food resources to feed herself without depending on other nations for food security.

“President Buhari strongly believes that if a country like China with a population of over 1.4 billion people can provide food security for her citizens through mechanized farming, Nigeria with less than 200 million people could do same.”

Onu toured the centre in company of the Director-General of the Biotechnology Development Agency (BDA), Prof. Lucy Ogbadu and Director of BIODEC, Josiah Habu.

The minister later inaugurated three completed projects at the centre, including an administrative block, information technology block and a training hall.

Onu said with science and technology, Nigeria has the capacity to produce enough food for consumption and export.

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