BREAKING: Nigerian Govt Discloses Actual Cause of Food Scarcity, Hardship in Country

BREAKING: Nigerian Govt Discloses Actual Cause of Food Scarcity, Hardship in Country

  • Nigeria's minister of agriculture, Abubakar Kyari, has said one of the factors affecting food availability in the country is smuggling
  • Kyari disclosed this while addressing federal lawmakers at the national assembly complex, Abuja, on Tuesday, March 5
  • reports that Nigerians have been battling severe economic hardship in recent times as prices of commodities continue to increase journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

FCT, Abuja - Abubakar Kyari, the minister of agriculture and food security, on Tuesday, March 5, linked the present food scarcity, increasing cost of food, and general hardship in Nigeria, to the smuggling of food across the country's borders.

Kyari also pinned the problems to the Naira redesign policy facilitated by the sacked former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.

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The APC government is battling to address hardship across the country. Photos credit: @SenatorAKyari
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As reported by The Nation, Kyari said the policy resulted in smallholder farmers lacking the necessary funds to cultivate their farms during the 2022/2023 period.

Food scarcity caused by flooding, Naira redesign

The minister, who spoke while appearing in the sectoral debate organised by the house of representatives, also identified flooding which destroyed farmland across the country as another impediment to food security in the country.

He stated that small-scale farmers had no access to cash because of the naira redesign policy and currency swap especially to pay for their harvest towards the end of 2022 as well as pay for cultivation during the commencement of the wet season.

While acknowledging the impact of insecurity of the food crisis in the country, the minister said the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on food production across the globe, while the rise in flooding in 2021 and 2022 caused serious damage to farmland and therefore hurt food production.

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Furthermore, Kyari noted that as a result of the non-availability of cash, preparation for the 2023 farming season was not enough to produce the much-needed food to feed Nigerians.

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Kyari stated that his principal, President Bola Tinubu, has directed the ministry and all those responsible to do everything possible to mitigate the suffering of Nigerians by ensuring enough grains are made available to the people.

According to the minister, currently, about 5000 tractors are working in Nigeria and the country should have 72,000 functional tractors to meet the growing needs of citizens.

He, however, said that the ministry has signed an MoU with a manufacturer to supply 2000 tractors annually for the next five years.

Vanguard newspaper quoted the minister as saying:

“We have seen smuggling of foodstuffs to other neighbouring countries. This has affected the availability of food items in the country."

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Earlier, reported that amidst rising food prices, a journalist, Uloma Onyemachi, identified palliative distribution as a valuable strategy for mitigating food insecurity in Nigeria.

In a recent op-ed sent to, Onyemachi said beyond actions by the Tinubu administration, other institutional entities like non-governmental organisations and research centers, amongst others, also have a role to play in securing food self-sufficiency.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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