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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged agencies involved in agriculture to further streamline their priorities in the inclusion of youth in driving modern methods of farming,  while assuring all those interested that an enabling environment will be created. Buhari inaugurated the National Young Farmers’ Scheme, an initiative to engage 1,000 youth in each of the 774 local councils areas in agriculture. The president said agriculture remains the bedrock of the Nigerian economy, describing it as the largest contributor to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Nigeria has for many years, being trying to diversify its economy by focusing on the agriculture sector. This has become more urgent, as the effects of Covid-19 on its main oil exports are being felt, as prices dropped worldwide. There has a dip in the economy, and a rise in food and electricity prices, which was met with protests across the country.

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