Expert to FG: Invest in agriculture to boost economy

An agricultural expert, Mrs Yemisi Owoyemi, has urged the Federal Government to prioritise investment in farming for the country to achieve economic growth and development.

Mrs Owoyemi, co-partner of A-Bamisil Farms, an agro-food processing factory in Ekiti State, made the advocacy in Ado-Ekiti while addressing newsmen.

She said agriculture remained the only viable launch pad to economic growth, adding that the government needed to make a paradigm shift and look beyond crude oil to grow the country’s economy.

“There is no doubt that agriculture has the capability to turn the economy around by increasing the nation’s export portfolio.

“Every policymaker knows that sooner than later, adequate focus and attention must return to farming. It is reported that agriculture contributed around 21.91 percent to Nigeria’s GDP in 2019. I dare say it has the capacity to contribute even more should there be appropriate focus on agricultural and related activities”, she said.



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