Building A New Dream In Nigeria Through Agriculture

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Agriculture is a joint venture between the Lord in heaven and the farmer down here. But you know, the Lord is sometimes moody, so we have bad weather and poor soil, so we introduced a third party called science into the equation and as you can see we have not done badly since then.”  -Shimon Peres, Israeli President (December 2, 2007)

Nigerian agriculture presently does not serve its primary function of food security. Indices may have shown slight improvement in cash crop production and hi-tech commercial agriculture. It is however common knowledge that affordability, all year round availability and standard quality, the basic building blocks of food security do not exist presently in Nigeria.
Many draw backs are mentioned daily in many quarters as contributory factors to this food insecurity.

Erste Graceland Limited, an indigenous agricultural company, after extensive research, practice and consultations can state categorically that there is one major problem with Nigerian agriculture. Solve this problem and ninety percent of Nigerian agricultural problems will be solved. RAIN DEPENDENT agriculture which is practiced in more than 90% of Nigeria today is archaic, strenuous, retrogressive and unproductive. Clear the land, make it farmable, bring water to it and increase productivity by more than four hundred percent average across the nation. Thus agriculture once again will become an enterprise of dignity with commensurate financial returns.

The greatest tragedy in Africa today is a lack of new dreams; there is no single tragedy in Africa more than robbing people of their dreams. The challenge in Africa today is building a systematic capacity which will enable people live to make their own progress and save their own future. I read all the time people say there is corruption in the developing world. But there is too little capacity in Africa and when you create an absence of capacity you create a vacuum in which all kinds of bad things happen” -Bill Clinton, Abuja.

Regimes and governments seldom receive opportunities to make a landmark intervention in peoples’ lives that will define their government and create a lasting legacy for their remembrance after they leave office. Cuban land reforms, sufficiency agriculture policy in Thailand and the current one in fifty years American Health Care overhaul are such opportunities.

This single project is one of the few remaining options for the present government in Nigeria to make such a mark.