NIGERIA CANCELS WHEAT IMPORTATION
BY: OMOKHUALE PUAH
The importation bill for wheat has been on the scale of $6billion every year, says the director, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) Zaria, Professor Ibrahim Umar-Abuarkar.
He made this statement in Zaria, Kaduna State, saying that Nigeria produced just three percent of the amount of wheat it consumed, but the remaining 97 percent was imported.
Professor Abubarkar also said that since Nigeria has the capacity of producing large quantity of wheat, needed for its consumption and the consumptions of other countries, then the ministry of agriculture could help save cost, by producing for both the country and for the aim of exportation.
In his voice, “we Nigerians have so many produce from wheat and you could imagine if Nigerian farmers go on strike today, how far would the money from oil go? Currently, agriculture produces over 24 percent of the gross Domestic Product in the country, as oil contributes just seven percent”, he said.
The director said that there were no dreadful policy to accelerate agricultural developments in Nigeria and so, he begged the federal government to pay proper attention to it and called the press to disseminate the actions of the institute, as regards research findings for the benefit of both the farmers and the country as a whole.