The Federal Government is currently acquiring more than 720 , 000 hectares of land from various states for agricultural use , the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development , Sabo Nanono , said on Thursday .
Nanono said this at a meeting with chief executives of parastatals and top management officials of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Abuja .
He said his ministry was securing between 20 , 000 and 100 , 000 hectares of land in each state for the purpose of promoting the country ’s agricultural sector.
At 20 ,000 hectares per state , the Federal Government would be acquiring a total of 720 ,000 hectares from all 36 states .
In his address at the event , the minister said , “ At the moment , the ministry took pragmatic approach of repositioning the agricultural research system , securing 20 , 000 to 100 , 000 hectares of land per state for agricultural use , and promoting agro and agro – allied cluster activities nationwide.
“ Expectations are to deploy improved varieties, expand cultivable land area and support agribusiness undertakings in the country .”