‘Agric contributed 40% to GDP in 2018’

The National Cereals Research Institute (NCRI) has said the agricultural sector contributed 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) last year and employed 70 per cent of Nigeria’s population.
The institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Aliyu Umar stated this during the yearly research review meeting held at NCRI Badeggi in Niger State.
He said: “Statistical profile of agricultural sector contribution to the  economy growth and sustainable development is impressive, reflecting that the sector has contributed 40 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product and has employed about 60 per cent of the population of Nigeria.”
Umar declared that with this statistics, the sector plays a significant role in the growth and development of the country.
He advocated that  diversification through agriculture should be approached frontally, emphasising on more effort from governments at all level.
In her keynote address, the  Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria Executive Director, Dr. Patricia Pessu, called for more investment in research to sustain the economy, adding that new technologies, input and techniques that lead to increased agricultural productivity and food security were developed through research.
She stressed that the country should not only make agricultural development a priority, but also make it a reality.
“Apart from putting in place the right policies, the government needs to invest in agricultural research and provide basic infrastructures for its growth and development, “ she said.
She suggested more effective collaboration among government, academia and industry.