What Is The Importance Of Agriculture In Nigeria?

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Elizabeth Leake Profile
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  • Importance of agriculture in Nigeria
Agriculture in Nigeria is extremely important. Although oil has become a rising factor in Nigeria's income, agriculture is still a massive part of the Nigerian economy. In 1996, Nigeria planted over 33 million hectares of crops.

These included:
  • cereals (maize, wheat etc)
  • cocoa
  • oil palms
  • vegetables and fruit (onions, spinach, pumpkin etc)
  • water leaf
  • paw paw
  • coffee bean plants
  • History of Nigeria's agriculture
Nigeria is a big agricultural community and without agriculture the country would be struggling a lot; as they rely on this for income as well as for themselves to live and feed on.

The first record of the importance of agriculture in Nigeria was during colonial administrations in the 1860s, when agriculture was paid a lot of attention to with regards to research and extension services to improve this industry and make it a bigger part of Nigeria.
However, even before this time during the pre,and post colonial, Nigeria's agriculture has always been intertwined in history with their politics. In 1962, the first national plan was revealed to improve crop growth and make agriculture even bigger in the country. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength.

So, as you may well be able to tell, agriculture is very important to Nigeria and has always been an important factor when considering the country's history.
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Nigeria being an agrarian nation can't de-emphasize the importance of agriculture not only to her economy but also to general well being of the populace.
The basic importance of agriculture to Nigeria include but not restricted to provision of food for all, provides employment for about 70% of the population, source of family and national income, generate savings both external and internal revenues, supplies raw materials for use in other productive sector of the economy, a major user of products of other sectors,thus encouraging economic activities and finally contribute significantly to the GDP (about 32%)
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Agriculture being the Science and art of tilling soil rearing animals for the purpose of producing food for man and raw materials for industries is very crucial to national development of Nigeria in terms of
Employing the teaming rural population
Food provision
Raw material provision to industries
Generator of Foreign exchange
Absorber of Inputs from other Sectors like Manufacturing
it also contributes to the GDP of the country
there are other contribution these are the basic ones and can be expanded on request
Mustafa Mukata, Ph.D
Department of Economics
Bayer University Kano.
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Agriculture is the most basic of the national economy of material production sectors. Is the source of human food and clothing, survival of the country. Industrial and other material production sectors and all non-material production sectors of the necessary conditions for the existence and development. Is supporting the continuous development and progress of the whole national economy protection.

The strong position of agriculture as the foundation, is related to the people's immediate interests, social stability and national economic development is related to China's international competition to maintain an independent status of major issues
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I'm going to say food to eat, crops to trade, crops to create goods out of like cotton and crops for fuels now that we have such high gas prices. Survival, jobs and to help sustain a central community/cities. Basically the same reasons we all need them. Some crops can be grown for medicines although illegal if used outside of the medical community. Blah blah blah means they are also used to support livestock for meats for protein needed for the human diet. Also if irrigation is brought into the area to support crops it will also support new land development such as building a dam to create tributaries for for shall we say in house plumbing creating even more business, jobs and ability to survive in an arid region.

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