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IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE TO THE ECONOMY OF NIGERIA

IMPORTANCE OF AGRICULTURE TO THE ECONOMY OF NIGERIA

Our economy is blessed with plenty natural resources, yet we suffer. We have soils that do well with crops and a climatic condition for animals to survive but because we see agriculture as a dirty job, we end up importing foods we can grow here.

Agriculture is important to the economy of Nigeria in the following areas:

  1. It will discourage importation hence the goal of “buy made in Nigeria” will be achieved. The rate of importation will reduce and thereby more employment opportunities will be created.
  2. Agriculture will help curb the effect of rural-urban migration which will help decongest the urban areas. Life would also be made easier for those in the rural areas.
  3. When there is enough food and marketable surplus, it will increase the income of the peasants, hence there increased income will provide them with other necessities thereby improving their standard of living.

To improve the economy of Nigeria, more attention should be paid to the agricultural sector instead of the oil and gas sector.

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