Nigeria spends $6bn to import wheat every year, said by Director, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Umar-Abubakar in Zaria, Kaduna state. He also said that Nigeria produces only three percent of wheat consumed while the federal government imports ninety seven percent of wheat for consumption.
Umar Abubakar said, Nigerians are using so many things that are being produced from wheat, which shows that Nigerians are mainly living on agriculture not oil. He said agriculture produces 97 per cent of GDP, meanwhile oil is only seven per cent.
He emphasized the important it is, to focus on agriculture mainly for Nigeria to produce the product in large quantity, even to export. He called upon government to look into it and implement, but not see it as one of the promises and not fulfilled projects.
“We have the capacity to produce enough wheat not only for our consumption, but also for export. Remember, we eat many products made from wheat every day. You can imagine what will happen if Nigerian farmers today decided to go on strike, can the oil money buy all the food we need in this country? Agriculture contributes 24 per cent of GDP, while oil contributes only seven per cent.”