We keep hearing from our leaders that Agriculture is the new Nigerian oil and so Nigerians should diversify to farming. And that’s all well and good.
Time and again, our own President, himself a devout farmer keeps extolling the wonders of farming. In fact, just yesterday, he visited his cattle and plants in Daura, looking every bit like the loving, doting farmer. He even left an inspiring memo on Twitter.
I'm spending a few days at home in Daura before I travel to France for the One Planet Summit. Today I paid a visit to my farm. I grow fruits & vegetables,& keep cattle. I hope this will inspire one more person to take up farming. My vision is for a country that grows what it eats pic.twitter.com/gMZIpHOtYk
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) December 10, 2017
We’re think this is great advice if we’re considering subsistence farming, but we’re wondering how every Nigerian farming is supposed to resolve our country’s economic issues and our huge debt crisis. Cheta Nwanze has reasons why the President is spreading the wrong message.
For THOUSANDS of years, people produced only what they ate and nothing more.
The result, global economy grew at no more than 1% per century.
Then someone invented the plough, and humans were able to grow slightly more than they needed, thus TRADE was born.
— Chxta (@Chxta) December 11, 2017