COVID19: Agric ministry set to begin release of foods items from grain reserves 

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From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja

FEDERAL Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says it is releasing 5,000 MT of garri to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for onward distribution to the people as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The President had earlier ordered the release of 70,000 Metric Tons of food items for distribution due to the COVID19 lockdown.  .

The food items, mostly grains are being released from the National Strategic Food Reserve Silo Complexes.

Muhammad Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development disclosed this via a press statement issued by Theodore Ogazichi, the Director of Information at the ministry.

“Following the lockdown across some states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and it’s resultant effect on the vulnerable population,  President Muhammadu Buhari granted approval to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to release 70,000 Metric Tons of assorted food items from the National Strategic Food Reserve stock,” the statement reads.

“In compliance with the presidential directive, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has stated that of the 70,000 Metric tons, 5,000 Metric tons of gari is readily available for immediate release while bagging of the food grains is on going for further urgent release through NEMA.”

The food items being released, according to Nanono are listed below:1. Minna Silo, Niger State – 10,000MT’s of Maize and 2,500MT of Gari.2. Lafia Silo, Nassarawa State- 5,000MT’s of Millet and 1,500MT’s of Gari.3. Dustin-ma Silo, Katsina State – 12,500MT of Maize and 5,000MT of Sorghum. 4. Yola Silo, Adamawa State  – 12,500MT Maize and 5,000MT of Sorghum 5. Gusau Silo, Zamfara State  – 15,000MT of Sorghum and 6. Ilesha Silo, Osun State  – 1,000MT of Gari.

The Minister, however, pledged to ensure right measures are put in place via the Presidential Task Force to ensure that the food items get to the actual beneficiaries.

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