The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, says the Federal Government will collaborate with the government of The Netherlands on improved seeds to boost agricultural production in Nigeria.
The minister spoke when he hosted a delegation from The Netherlands in Abuja, a statement said on Thursday.
He said Nigeria looked forward to increasing the level of engagements with the European country, especially on improved seeds.
He lamented that Nigeria is spending 60 million dollars annually on fish import.
“The ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior has set up agro rangers to provide security for Nigerian farmers as part of government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for both public and private sectors in the nation’s agriculture sector,” he said
In his remarks, the Minister of State, Agriculture, Heineken Lokpobiri, said the focus of the present administration was to achieve self -sufficiency in food production, which could only be achieved through extensive research.
“The areas of collaboration would include improved seeds, horticulture, aquaculture, poultry and nutrition among others”, the ambassador said.
In a related development last year, Premium Times reported how the Nigerian government called for a partnership with the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to develop flood resistant seed varieties to ensure food security in the country.