From: Bamidele Fashube
The Federal Government (FG) on Wednesday, said the National Food Reserve figure is expected to hit 219,900metric tonnes from the current 109,657 MT by 2020 ending.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Nanono, made the disclosure at a press conference on the forthcoming World Food Day slated for October 16, 2020, with the theme, ‘Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together. Our actions are our future’ on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, the current administration through various programmes have reduced food importation and create jobs along the value chains in the sector.
His words:“The Ministry has raised her national food reserve stock to 109,657 a figure expected to be further increased to 219,900 MT by the end of 2020.”
“Agriculture for Food and Job Plan (AFJP), a component of President Buhari’s Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) was launched in July 2020. The project is targeted at mitigating the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on farmers.”
He said the programmes are aimed at creating about five to ten million jobs in the agricultural sector, to cultivate more land in each state, provide zero-interest loans to farmers, amongst others.
“Out of the 5 million planned beneficiaries for AFJP, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development have empowered 1,138,000 farmer-beneficiaries across the 36 states and the FCT under the first phase of implementation.”