The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, says he will ensure that agricultural research institutes are strengthened, to help actualize President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at repositioning the sector.
Nanono made this known in a statement issued by Mrs. Eno Olotu, the Acting Director, Information, and made available to newsmen on Monday, in Abuja.
The minister, who spoke while receiving briefs from the research agencies under the ministry, said he would work to promote improved seedlings that would galvanize food production in the country.
He said, “for me, I want to be very serious with the research institutes so that they will research on improved seeds that will be suitable to our environment.
“The institutes would be given needed attention because they were the engine of growth in the sector.
“Efforts will be geared towards discovering potentials that abound in the country, particularly those relating to agriculture.”
The minister urged Nigerians to focus on making the sector, the hub of economic growth in Nigeria.
The minister assumed duty on Monday, 26.