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%)
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
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.
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
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.