There is a disconnect between population growth and food security. While the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), through the Anchor Borrowers Programme has provided the cash to boost the agric sector, technology has a great role play to close the gap and assure food security. Agriculture is one of the main drivers of Nigeria’s economic growth. It accounts for about 23 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The potential of the sector to address the unemployment problem of the country is not lost on the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan. He said agriculture remains a viable means for employment generation in Nigeria. According to him, substantial investment in the sector by the Federal Government would guarantee food security for the country. Lawan spoke during the plenary debate on the Agricultural Development Fund bill. “The agricultural sector remains unarguably the most viable means of ensuring that we create employment opportunities and that we create wealth for our people as well. “If there is anything that needs to be done to enhance this sector, we should do so”, the Senate president said. He noted that the establishment of the fund will make available some funds for the sector to do better and thrive, adding that same will boost the Nigerian economy and provide the much needed food security in the country. The Nation
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