[Channels Tv] President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that the federal government is working hard to make agriculture attractive and profitable to encourage young educated Nigerians to the sector.
President Jonathan made this known while receiving the Special Envoy of the Australian Prime Minister, Ms. Joanna Hewitt at state house on Monday.
‘We need to achieve self-sufficiency in food production, and one sure way is to make it attractive and profitable for young graduates to want to participate in farming’, he said.
The president added that Nigeria has the land and favourable climate to be able to produce food for export.
The President welcomed the interest of Australian mining companies in the nation’s solid minerals sector, as well as the promise of assistance in the development of agriculture by the Special Envoy.
He expressed appreciation to the Australian government for the warm reception accorded the Nigerian delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Australia, last October.
Earlier, Ms. Joanna Hewitt, Special Envoy of the Australian Prime Minister, said her country was interested in current opportunities to contribute to the development of Nigeria through investments in the mining and agricultural sectors.
She commended President Jonathan for Nigeria’s firm leadership and commitment to the sustenance of constitutional leadership and democracy in West Africa, and assured him of her country’s continued support.
At a different audience, President Jonathan received a delegation from ECOWAS Chairman, President Allasane Outtara of Cote d’Ivoire, with a briefing on the crisis in Mali.
The delegation was led by Mr. Adama Bictogo.