The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, (FMARD), Dr. Ernest Umakhihe, has emphasised the commitment of the Ministry to attaining national food security.
Umakhihe said that the ministry has mapped out strategic policies such as the Agriculture for Food and Jobs Plan (AFJP), the Green Imperative, Agricultural Promotion Policy, NATIP as well as the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) among others. He stated this during the flag of the distribution of free agricultural inputs and quality seeds in Benin City, Edo State.
The permanent secretary said that the distribution of agricultural inputs would enhance food and nutrition security, economic growth and job creation, especially during the Post COVID-19 era.
The event featured distribution of equipment such as food dehydrator, motorised oil palm harvester, cashew cracker, three HP water pump, knapsack sprayers, agro chemicals, growth enhancers, power tillers, cassava stems, planters and cassava processing equipment among others. He stated this during the flag-off of the distribution of free agricultural inputs and quality seeds in Benin City, Edo State.