Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged the federal government to immediately stop the export of food items to the neighboring countries, especially through the land border against the backdrop of the concerns in some quarters over the outbreak of famine in Nigeria next year. Speaking in Isa LGA of the state at the flag off of the 2017 dry season wheat farming, Tambuwal also called on the FG to come up with emergency plans to purchase excess grains from the farmers so as to boost grains reservoir in all parts of the country. He also raised the alarm over the massive exportation of grains from Nigeria, saying it portends great dangers to Nigeria’s future food security.
I keep thinking why we have to ban import of food, especially rice, from the land border but allow the massive export of our food commodity to the neighboring countries. Looking at our population, we must take measures that will enhance food security in our country. Speaking at the event, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria , Mr. Godwin Emefiele said despite the difficulties, Nigeria is on the edge of being self adequate in food production.
“This is where the country can feed itself and even have surplus for exports,” he added. Emefiele commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his ongoing efforts to diversify the nation’s economy from heavy dependence on oil revenue, saying he deserves commendation for allowing the CBN to initiate the Anchor Borrowers Programme. He also commended Tambuwal for providing adequate subsidized fertilizers and other inputs for the farmers. In their separate remarks, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, said the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme would change the agricultural sector in the Nigeria.
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