Food security: Minister elated as strategic grains reserve improves

Food security: Minister elated as strategic grains reserve improves

- Nigeria grain reserve has improved according to the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono

- According to him, the intervention of the FG contributed to this

- The minister gave the assurance that the federal government would embark on more interventions

The minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, has expressed satisfaction with improvement in the country’s strategic grains reserve.

Nanono made this known while on an inspection tour to one of the country’s grains reserves in Zamfara State.

He said the improvement was achieved through interventions from the Federal Government to mop up excess grains from the market.

According to him, the mop-up has been able to stabilize prices and prevented farmers from incurring debt due to glut.

The minister gave the assurance that the federal government would embark on more interventions to ensure adequate food to Nigerians and other neighbouring countries.

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He said: “We are still mopping up 2018 and 2019 excess grains and this year from all indication, we have bumper harvest.

“So, we are going to look at the situation and if it warrants us intervening again we will to stabilize the prices at the farm gate and the market.

“The basis for these silos is nothing but food security which is very essential for security and price stability for the benefit of the consumers and producers of these commodities.

“We are not here for failure, we are here for success.

“These silos are not only for us. You know Nigeria is a big country and it has brothers and sisters around.’’

He further noted that ensuring food security was important to Nigeria in view of the fact that it was not only feeding itself but neighbouring countries.

“Nigeria is biggest and probably the richest in the West African Sub-region. We have about 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the total growth domestic product and that is no joke.

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“If agriculture is well-positioned, you can imagine the buffer zone that we will create for people to come.

Earlier, Dr Sule Haruna, the Director of Food and Strategic Reserve, Ministry of Agriculture, said the reserve in Zamfara was automated to ensure transparency and accountability.

Haruna said the reserve was one of the six reserves kept after the concession of some over the years.

“Out of this 23,000 metric tonnes, we have about 9,000 for maize and sorghum 14,000 and the ongoing Guarantee Minimum Price (GMP) operation.

“We are expected to receive 10,000 here and as of today we have received about 4000.

On concession of silos across the country, Haruna said the Federal Government had concession 19.

He pointed out that, the Federal Government had been able to mop up almost 54,000 metric tonnes of grains from the market.

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