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Food Security: Nigerian Government to distribute agricultural inputs to farmers

*The Federal Government says the distribution of agricultural inputs is meant to enhance production of food and balanced nutrition, create more jobs, and boost wet season farming

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In order to further encourage Nigerian farmers to increase food production, the Federal Government says it will soon commence the distribution of agricultural inputs to them for the 2021 Wet Season farming in the country.

Mr. Theodore Ogaziechi, Director of Information, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, announced this Thursday, May 12 while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria, in Abuja, FCT.

The Director stated the distribution of the farming inputs is to enhance production of food and balanced nutrition, create more jobs, and boost wet season farming.

Ogaziechi said: “Government has commenced activities to encourage farmers with the roll-out of free inputs distribution to 7,500 small scale women farmers from the North Central states and the Federal Capital Territory.”

The Ministry has performed similar exercises in Kaduna, Oyo, Kogi, Cross River, Imo, Kebbi, Jigawa, Gombe and Borno States by assisting small-holder farmers (SHF) with quality inputs, he noted.

According to him, the Federal Government had foreclosed the 2020 roll out of inputs distribution to farmers.

He said: “Hopefully, we will commence the 2021 inputs distribution soonest.

“The Federal Government is also disbursing inputs at a subsidised rate in order to encourage farmers and increase production.”

Ogaziechi disclosed during the pandemic, the Nigerian Government through the Ministry of Agriculture distributed subsidised 5,000 metric tonnes of maize in support of poultry farmers.

He also noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the release of the maize from the National Strategic Grains Reserve to support the Poultry Association of Nigeria.

It was at a subsidised rate of N90,000 per metric tonne as against the market price of N170,000 then, he stated.

Ogaziechi said that release was also part of the general release of the Presidential 70,000 metric tonnes of assorted grains palliative to vulnerable Nigerians.

 

Ha added Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, Honourable Minister for Agriculture, also allocated 12,500 metric tonnes of food ration to Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, for victims of disasters.

Ogaziechi said the 12,500 tonnes were from the Minna silos in Niger State which was also part of the National Strategic Food Reserve.

The ministry also simultaneously released the rest of the assorted food items as directed by President Buhari from its silos in Gusau, Zamfara State; Dutsin Ma, in Katsina State; Yola, in Adamawa Stare; Lafia, in Nassarawa State; and Ilesa in Osun State, said he.

According to him, the Federal Government had a lot of agricultural inputs in its warehouses waiting for farmers to buy at subsidised rates.

He further stated the government is mindful of, and takes serious consideration of food security by stacking up food in the silos in the country.

Ogaziechi added that the government has 33 silo complexes nationwide with 19 under concession out of the 33, saying, it still has 14 silos under its management.

He explained the concessioning is aimed at bringing in the private sector and increasing capacity utilisation of the silo complexes for the benefit of the farmers in particular and the nation in general.

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