The Federal Government has announced plans to develop 142 agro-processing centres across the six geopolitical zones in the country. Vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbanjo launched the Green Imperative Program in January 2019 with the aim of strengthening agricultural production in Nigeria.
The fund worth $1.2 billion is a joint Nigerian-Brazilian agriculture development scheme. It is to be implemented over a period of 5-10 years in all the 774 Local Government areas.
The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said Nigeria Government aims to create 5 million jobs through the Green Imperative Programme. This will also inject over $10 billion into the economy within 10 years and impact 35 million persons economically.
The programme plans to train agricultural workers, establish agro processing and mechanizaton service centres. This includes the transfer of technology from Brazil’s manufacturers and institutions to Nigeria.
Agricultural sector in Nigeria plays a strategic role in the process of economic development of the country. It made a significant contribution to the economic prosperity of advanced countries then its role in the economic development of Nigeria is of vital importance.
Since the early discovery of crude oil in the early 1950s, oil has been the major driving force for the economy. Which is why the Federal Government plans to attract young men and women to farming. Agriculture serves as the main source of food, employment and income.
The 142 agro processing centers established will address the issue of post-harvest loss that has affected the economy since the coronavirus pandemic started.