The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, has lamented that insecurity occasioned by the activities of terrorists as well as the devastating floods were hampering the nation’s quest for food security.
The Minister also noted that Nigeria’s food insecurity was being aggravated by acute post-harvest losses was estimated at billions of Naira annually.
This, he said, had put the hunger lever in the country at “a serious alarming level.”
Abubakar stated this while declaring open a three-day workshop/exhibition on post-harvest management and value chain financing, held at the Kaduna International Trade and Investment Centre, Kaduna on Wednesday.
The workshop was organised by the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce,Industry, Mines & Agriculture in collaboration with Raw Material Research and development Council.
“It is on records that Nigeria’s food insecurity is being aggravated by acute post-harvest losses, which the Federal Government estimates at billions of Naira annually.
“In recent times, post COVID-19 situations, herdsmen clashes, the decade-old Boko Haram insurgency, bandits and flooding ravaging most farms. According to the 2019 Global Hunger Index, Nigeria’s case is progressing from a serious to alarming level,” he said.
Abubakar also noted that apart from ignorance on crop management by farmers and insecurity, central to the post-harvest losses were the poor rural road infrastructure across the country.
Abubakar added the ministry had continued to formulate policies that would increase machinery utilization in processing at subsidized rate, saying, “The Green Imperative Programme the Ministry is procuring 10,000 tractors and 50,000 machinery for processing.”
He said agricultural inputs such as fertiliser, agro-chemicals, growth enhancer and agro-machinery would encourage our farmers to produce mare and to enhance quality production.