The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has said its allocation of 1.6 per cent of the approved budget for his ministry is not sufficient to drive the much needed diversification the country needs. He said this in an investors forum in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
According to Ogbeh, “The budget of Agriculture is 1.6 percent of our annual budget. How do we take care of agriculture and rural development at the same time? The minister, in view of that, urged the participants at the event on the need to venture into agriculture as a viable business as he commended state for its commitment towards agricultural development.
“The unfortunate thing about agriculture is this country is that it has over the years been the most abandoned, ignored and perhaps ridiculed of all sectors. We confined it to the peasants in the villages. Those nameless individual whose children swear never to do what their father did.