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Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, Chief Audu Ogbe has commended Anambra state government for placing agriculture as major key in its developmental pillars.

He said the state is the first in Nigeria to go into exportation of agricultural products including vegetables, yam and pineapple.
The minister spoke through the Regional Director, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, South East region, Dr. Nnamdi Ibezim, during the 2017 National Organic Agriculture Business Summit in Awka, Anambra state.
Ogbe said the state was able to achieve the feat keying into organic agriculture and its emphasis on certification and quality control.
“Agriculture in Anambra is on the front burner of the governor’s priority. The governor came from an agrian environment and that has helped him to push agriculture forward.” he added.
He defined organic agriculture as sustainance of the health of the soil, crop and eco system, 
explaining that Nigeria, through it, can go back to export trade to add value to her food production.
The minister praised the youths for keying into agriculture, saying their presence as the catchment area in the sector would further improve production and quality control as well as prove to the world that Nigeria is not a failed state.
“Today’s agriculture is one that is technologically driven which would add value and set our exports on the right course for desired profit.” he added.
Appreciating the various professionals that have been supportive to the government in its agricultural interventions, Ogbe expressed optimism that the body would serve as a spring board to further assist the nation realise its goal of agriculture promotion policies.
Earlier, the President of the association, Prof. Victor Olowe, said the summit was targeted at engaging youths in organic agriculture in order to help them channel their energy into more productive and rewarding ventures.
“Organic agriculture has been adjudged as the fastest growing sector in Agriculture in the world and presently the global market of organic products stand at US$80billion.” he said.

Source: Daily Trust

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