President Goodluck Jonathan has announced that N14 billion will be made available by his government to support the 2014 dry season farming. He assured farmers that the Dry Farming Support Programme will be made a national policy to enhance the growth of farmers and ensure food security in the country.
He said this today (Monday) at the official launch of the programme ,
“Today I am announcing that Dry Season Food Production Support will become a national policy.” He added that “the parliament assured us that they are taking a step higher than just a mere policy; they are enacting a law to back this up.”
The President also promised that:
“our nation must be green, our barns shall be filled, our farmers shall prosper and our agro-business shall expand.” and “we will continue to grow agriculture for the benefit of our people and our nation”.
The President noted that subsequently the programme will come up in October so as to allow the people adapt for the commencement of dry season.
The government has also made N14 billion available for the 2014 dry season farming.
The President thanked the Minister and states’ commissioners of Agriculture for working together to ensure the success of the programme.