Thursday, May 30, 2024

42,000 MT Of Food In Final Stage For Distributions

The Nigerian government says it is at the final stages of releasing 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted food commodities to support the vulnerable population across the country.

The government disclosed that through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, a total number of 42,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains are currently being bagged across seven locations of strategic reserve in the nation.

In a statement, Special Adviser to the President on Information And Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, stated that the move is part of the efforts of Tinubu led administration to provide emergency solution to the food shortage crisis facing the country.

Onanuga who stated that “the grains are being bagged for onward delivery to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, added “the need to bag the grains, caused the delay as the bags were freshly ordered by government.”

The Presidential aide further said that Nigerians would not need to pay for the grain bags, as they are free.

He disclosed that, the 42000 metric tonnes would be complemented by the 60,000 metric tonnes of milled rice to be purchased by the Federal Government from the Mega Rice Millers.

“Already, with the announcement of the impending releases of food commodities from the Strategic Reserve, there is a noticeable reduction in commodity prices across major grains markets in the country,” he said.

Onanuga reiterated the positions of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari revealing that “the Nigerian Government is also ramping up food production by boosting Dry Season Farming under the National Agricultural Growth Scheme Agro-Pocket (NAGS-AP) Project .

“The First Phase of the Dry Season Farming was launched in November, 2023.

“It focuses on the cultivation of wheat across 15 wheat-producing states, covering 118,657 hectares and involving 107,429 farmers.

“The fields are green now and harvest will commence in a matter of weeks..There are fantastic reports of growth of wheat from Jigawa State, which is now targeting harvest from about 50,000 hectares, 10,000 hectares more than initially allotted under the programme.”

The Minister of Agriculture, Abubakar Kyari had said that the Phase 2 of the Dry Season Farming will commence soon, across all 36 states of Nigeria and FCT.

Kyari also made known that this will cover rice, maize, and cassava.

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