President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration has broken the fertilizer jinx that has confronted the country’s agricultural sector for decades, saying the commodity is now available in all local governments across the country at affordable rates.
President Buhari said this on Sunday when he received representatives of community and development associations from Daura Emirate at his private residence in Daura, Katsina State.
The association representatives were at the president’s place to congratulate him on his election for a second term.
The President told his guests Nigerians were already benefiting from the good agricultural policies of his government, as lifestyles are changing and standards of living among the poor on the rise. He said:
‘‘Nigerians are already benefiting from the good agricultural policies of this administration. I can say that lifestyles of an average Nigerian involved in agriculture are changing and standards of living among the poor are rising.
“Investments in agriculture will be sustained. In the last three and a half years, the contributions of agriculture to gross domestic product (GDP) have been impressive, in addition to earnings from food exports.
“I can boast we have broken the fertilizer jinx. The product is today available in all local governments at low prices. More measures are in the offing to transform the lives of millions of Nigerians across the country.”
The president pledged to introduce new programmes and projects that would make agriculture more attractive to Nigerians and increase jobs in the sector.