- President Buhari has dismissed any expectation that Nigeria's land borders would be reopened anytime soon
- Buhari made the statement in Kebbi state during a tour to access the level of damage done by floods
- The president was represented by the minister of agriculture during the inspection tour
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President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed any expectation that Nigeria's land borders would be reopened anytime soon.
Buhari urged Nigerians to consume what is produced locally because his administration is not ready to reopen the land borders now, The Guardian reported.
According to The Guardian, the president made the statement in Kebbi state during a tour to access the level of damage done by floods.
Buhari who was represented by the ministry minister of agriculture, Mohammed Sabo Nanono, said the federal government was ready to empower farmers to boost local production and perhaps, exports.
“I was sent by Mr. President to come and see the level of damage in Kebbi State. And I have seen it. We are going to compensate Kebbi more than other states," he said.
Meanwhile, about 3,383 farmers that collected the N364 million loan for both wet and dry season farming between 2018 and 2019 in Taraba state are on the run.
According to The Guardian, Taraba state chapter of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) disclosed this.
Tanko Andami, the acting chairman of RIFAN, said the amount which was collected as loans has not been refunded by any of the farmers, adding that many of them are on the run now.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Garba Shehu has said prices of food items in the country are already dropping.
Shehu made the statement on Friday, September 11, when he spoke on Channels TV programme, Sunrise Daily programme.
The presidential aide said the prices of food products were reducing due to the agricultural reforms of President Buhari.
Still on agriculture, Meanwhile, President Buhari has given directives for the release of subsidized 5,000MT of maize in support of poultry farming in the country amid the Covid-19 crisis.
The development was conveyed to the ministry of agriculture in a letter from the president on Friday, September 4, signed by the chief of staff Ibrahim Gambari.
In the letter with reference number SH/COS/05/A/26/1, it was further disclosed that Buhari approved the release of 5,000 metric tonnes of maize from the National Strategic Grains Reserve (NSGR).
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