Nigeria imports N2.2 trillion worth wheat in 4yrs-FG

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By:Bamidele Fashube

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono has said the country in the last four years, imported N2.2trillion worth of wheat.

He made the disclosure at the ‘wheat farmers’ field day in Kano state.

According to him, wheat production still remains low despite its high demand.

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In view of this, he urged state governors and other stakeholders in the wheat value chain to invest in irrigation infrastructure so as to make wheat farming attractive and competitive as rice.

Earlier, the Head of, Flour Milling Association of Nigeria (FMAN) Sarah Huber it has started an out-grower scheme to empower 800 wheat farmers in Kano, Jigawa and Kebbi States.

She stated that the scheme would incorporate input loan and training on modern farming techniques to the farmers with a view to boosting their annual output and reduce production cost.

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Her words: “We are expanding our procurement as an industry across the wheat-producing states through additional aggregation and warehouse capacity, including the commitment to off-take all wheat grain meeting basic quality standards.”

She said this is aimed at making wheat competitive with rice and other dry season crops.

Huber noted that wheat farmer service centres have been established in 15 local government areas in Jigawa, Kano and Kebbi States to drive the 2020/2021 wheat farming season.

 

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