MasterwebNews 10/8/16 - Buhari: We failed to develop national assets

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the country had failed to develop its assets on a permanent basis. He spoke at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja while receiving the Global Chief Executive Officer of Friesland Campina, the Netherlands, Mr Roelf Joosten.
Presidential spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as decrying “the culture of waste foisted on the country due to lack of means of preservation of agricultural products.”

He lamented the situation in which cattle farmers throw away milk from their animals because there is no means of preserving and processing the product.

He urged Friesland Campina, in its collaboration with Nigeria, to educate cattle farmers that “quality matters more than quantity,” and help them organise into co-operatives for better business.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbe, assured that herdsmen would soon be organised into ranches in the country, with special grasses and water which would give better yield and make the animals healthier.

Ogbe said special flasks which could preserve raw milk for up to six hours would soon be made available, enabling cattle farmers to get the product to dairies in good quality.

In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said his administration had made agriculture a top priority primarily to revive the economy, ensure food self-sufficiency and create jobs.

He spoke at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja at a farewell meeting with the outgoing ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Mr. Hoang Ngoc Ho.
He said his government would continue to accord agriculture premium importance through programmes and initiatives designed to motivate Nigerians to produce enough food to feed the nation.

He said the government would continue to work closely with other countries to re-orient Nigerians to get them actively involved in the sector.

“We believe that the impressive agricultural developmental strides achieved by countries such as Vietnam, especially after the 1975 war, will be replicated here,” Buhari said.

 He said Vietnam deserved to be congratulated for choosing the correct priorities that had led the country to feed itself and feed the world.

 In his remarks, Ho applauded the growth recorded during his tenure in relations between Nigeria and his country, particularly the cooperation with several Nigerian states in the agricultural sector.

 He assured President Buhari that Vietnam was ready to play a big role in the economic diversification programmes of his administration.
*Photo Caption - President Muhammadu Buhari
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