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Buhari: We’ve recorded notable achievements in five years

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari has given his administration a pat on the back, saying he has recorded “notable achievements” in five years.

The president said, his regime’¢ targetted policies in the agriculture sector, ensured steady growth, despite the impact of COVID-19.

The president said this on Thursday, while speaking at a meeting of the National Food Security Council, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled “Despite COVID-19, we’ve been able to avert food crisis, says President Buhari.”

He quoted the President as saying, “The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated more than any event in recent history how countries must strive harder to protect food systems.

“It has also exposed the limits of dependency on other countries.

“In the last five years, we have recorded notable achievements. Despite the decline in GDP by 6.1 per cent in Q2 of 2020 as a direct result of coronavirus, the agricultural sector continued to grow because of government targeted policies.’’

Adesina noted that president Buhari commended Nigerian farmers for contributing to the stability in food security, adding that the rainy seasons should serve as encouragement for many to take up farming as a vocation.

“I am pleased to note that most Nigerians are taking advantage of the opportunities in the agriculture and agric-business sector.

“I want to assure you that this government will continue to support these initiatives and many more to come.”

The President said, “To protect agricultural investments and boost confidence to our farmers we have deployed thousands of agro-rangers and integrated rural communities to the formal economy by extending access to credit and inputs to rural farmers and building feeder roads.

“We have invested in building our strategic grain reserves in recent years which we recently released significant quantities to cushion the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to vulnerable households and industries.’’

More so, Buhari sympathised with farmers and families over their loss in the recent floods which ravaged the country, assuring them of government’s support.