President Muhammad Buhari has directed the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment to establish agro-allied industries in all the states of the federation. Mariam Katagum, Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, confirmed the development recently when a delegation from the Amana Farmers and Grains Suppliers Association of Nigeria led by its chairman, Haruna Pambeguwa, visited her office. Katagum said the decision to establish an agro-allied industry in each senatorial district in the country is part of government’s effort to achieve food security and to stimulate economic activities to eradicate hunger in the country.
The minister added that the Federal Government would give necessary support towards the development of the cotton, textile, and garment sectors of the economy. Recall that the textile industry has been facing various challenges in the last few years, which has resulted in the closure of over 150 textile firms in Nigeria, with a loss of over two million jobs. Farmers and processors in the sector have had to deal with issues like: low quality seeds, rising operating costs and weak sales due to high energy cost of running factories, smuggling of textile goods, and poor access to finance. Sun News