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Nigeria: Agriculture Now Contributes Over 24 Percent to GDP – Central Bank

Agriculture’s contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose marginally from 23.86 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 24.18 percent, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said.
The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, stated this during the Nigerian agricultural finance conference with the theme: “Catalyzing the diversification of Nigerian economy through effective agricultural finance.”
The CBN governor said the sector was larger than manufacturing and oil sectors combined, adding that it grew from 6.28 per cent to 9.50 in the same year.
The CBN governor, represented by the CBN Deputy Governor, Corporate Services (CBN), Mr. Adebayo Adelabu, also indicated that over 70 per cent of informal sector jobs created in the economy were related to rural agriculture.
He noted that the CBN’s pro-agricultural policies were geared towards reducing the over N630 annual import bills on foodstuffs and deepening agriculture contribution to GDP and reduce the unemployment rate of 9.9 percent.
Source: AllAfrica.com