FG moves to reduce food prices

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, said the federal government is doing everything possible to promote stimuli that result in lower food prices.

There has been a steady rise in food prices in Nigeria over the past few months.

The minister said on Monday during a Nigeria Agricultural Research Council (ARCN) familiarization tour in Abuja.

“We are doing everything we can to bring out some sort of stimulus that will cause food prices to drop, of course no one will sit and watch.

“We are doing what we can to see that the agricultural sector has improved and the food we expect for Nigeria’s teeming population is being produced, the same with livestock.

“The government is doing everything it can. This president, Muhammadu Buhari, is very fond of agriculture, to see that people have food every day to eat without fights on their tables, ”the minister said.

The minister said he will support the agricultural research council and research institutes in the country to work together to develop better crops that can produce more and resist disease and drought.

Dr Mohammed also said the president specifically directed him to make sure research institutes in the country were well looked after, adding that it was his priority to see greater ability to conduct research so crops could be improved.

The minister reiterated that the government was ready to reintroduce the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES) after the program was abolished a few years ago, adding that it has found a way to make it work better.

“My concern is to make sure that the input goes directly to the farmers, without being held back by intermediaries.

“We will do whatever it takes to make sure that the system that will be implemented receives input from grassroots farmers,” he said.

Source: – Daily Trust

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