The National Coordinator, Zero Hunger Nigeria Commodity Association, Dr. Tunde Arosanyin has called on the Nigerian government to purchase and store farm produce from farmers to enhance the nation’s food security.
Arosanyin gave the advice in Abuja where he stressed the need for the purchase in order to minimise post-harvest losses and motivate the farmers.
He added that essential excess commodities like rice, beans, maize, sorghum, millet, cowpea among others should be mopped up and put in silos to be sold to the public in times of scarcity.
‘‘If Government fails to do this, it means the farmers would be exposed to sell directly to people that are coming from Niger, Chad, Cameroon, Benin Republic and other neighbouring countries.Though, we have been supporting them (neighbouring countries) over the years; but it should be regulated so that we do not sell all our produce and then starve as a nation’’. Arosanyin said.
The national coordinator also said that the measure would cushion the effects of the current inflation rate, which the National Bureau of Statistics put at about 18.3 per cent.
He urged stakeholders to use the opportunity of the ongoing harvest period of crops by farmers to plan for the time when food is likely to be scarce.