Fashola says the countries requested food from Nigeria because of the success of Agriculture programme of the administration of President Muhammadu.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said many countries asked Nigeria to supply them food during the recent coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
Fashola made this known on Saturday, June 13, 2020, during an Instagram Live Chat with City People Magazine.
The former Governor of Lagos state said the countries requested foods but Buhari told them to wait because Nigerians must be fed first.
He maintained that the countries made the requests because of the success of Agriculture programme of the Federal Government.
He said, “Agriculture is another critical part of the Economic Sustainability Plan. We want to increase the cultivatable lands in the country.
“We are currently cultivating just about one-third and I stand to be corrected on that figure. The minister of agriculture knows the numbers than I do. But in his presentation, as I recollect it, we are not cultivating enough lands. We want to double cultivation, increase food output, not just for local use but for export.
“I must say to Nigerians that because of the success of the agriculture programme which is still evolving, during this COVID exercise, many countries were writing to us from near and far, asking us to please supply them food. This is not in the public space but President Buhari’s priority was, tell them to wait, we must feed our people first before we send out food, we don’t know when this is going to end.
“So, we want to see more value-added in the sector in terms of processing and cultivation. We are losing an unsatisfactory quantity of our agro produce too many factors: transport, cooling, heating and so on. These are some of the components that the Ministry of Agriculture will share in the next few months about how to ensure that we preserve many more of what we produce and lose less.”