President Muhammadu Buhari said this while addressing a congress at the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday 28 August 2016.
“This year, in Nigeria, we started an aggressive farming programme that entails organizing farmers into cooperatives in the second and third tier of government.
“We intend to put more resources in our 2017 budget, especially in the procurement of machinery for land clearing, fertilizers, pesticides and training of less-educated farmers, as farm extension instructors.
“We have already registered some success this year in a number of states, we identified some 13 states that will be self-sufficient in rice, wheat and grains before the end of 2018.
“We are very positive that soon we will be able to export these food products. We are also lucky that the farming season in the northern part of the country has been very good and we are expecting a bumper harvest this year.”