President Goodluck Jonathan has said that his administration will make available N14 billion to support this year dry season farming, assuring 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.
The President made this known at the launch of the programme at the state house, Abuja.
The President also said that his administration was working towards ensuring that “our nation must be green, our barns shall be filled, our farmers shall prosper and our agro-business shall expand.” He promised, “we will continue to grow agriculture for the benefit of our people and our nation”.
He however noted that subsequently the programme will have to come up in October “so that the people that will get into it will get all that they need before the commencement of the dry season”.
He said his administration has made available the sum of N14 billion to support the 2014 dry season farming, N5 billion more than the amount made available in 2013, promising that “as more skills and more farmers key into it, we are going to increase the amount of money”.
He also noted that the country has witnessed a revolution in the housing and power sectors.
“I believe with the revolution in the agric sector, with our revolution in the power sector and of course within this week, we also launched the Housing Finance Company that will provide money for the primary mortgage institutions that will lend to Nigerians” he said.