Food price hike: Association calls for emergency food security plan

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By Felicia Imohimi

ABUJA – The Nigeria Young Farmers Network says an emergency national food plan that actively engages the private sector is crucial to forestall the nation’s imminent food crisis.

The (DG) of the network, Mr Promise Amahah, made the assertion while speaking the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja Saturday.

Amahah spoke against the backdrop of the relentless increase in of food and agricultural produce in Nigerian markets which he warned might lead to a national food crisis very soon.

He said that government alone could achieve reasonable in this regard adding that more intensive action was required to address the challenge.

Amahah said the Federal Government needed to provide the enabling environment for companies and startups providing solutions like storage facilities, logistics, payments, among others.

The DG explained that such enabling environment could be giving them tax breaks, and off takers agreements among others, to enable them deploy offerings effectively.

According to him, such measures will immediately the impact of food shortages and cost of foodstuffs which will in turn strengthen the efforts towards addressing food in Nigeria.

Amahah noted that so far, efforts had been made by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to ensure the nation’s grains reserve was restored to full capacity the grains buyback process.

He said there had been focus the Anchor Borrowers’ to make it more efficient while recently, rice pyramids in Kebbi and maize pyramids in Katsina had become prominent.

According to Amahah, these are emergency measures put in place by the government to enable poor Nigerians survive hunger during food crises.

“However, I am yet to see proactive national awareness and sensitisation directed towards public enlightenment the current food crisis and providing an inclusive strategy thrust to address the issue,” he said. (NAN)