Nigeria secures food as border remains closed -Minister

By Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Nigeria Mr. Muhammed Nanono says Nigeria is food secured as Nigerians are not hungry and that the country’s border will remain closed to neighbouring countries until they are ready to co-operate to end smuggling activities.

The Minister made the remark at a Press Conference organised by the Ministry as part of activities to kick start the celebrations of the 2019 World Food Day  in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Positive responses
Mr. Nanono said what Nigerians face are inconveniences of affording 3 square meals as there are countries in the world facing worse hunger problems.

“I think we are producing enough now to feed ourselves and I think there is no hunger in this country any more. If you say there are some inconveniences, yes, …you need to go to other countries to know the severity of hunger.”

Respect the protocols
He said the farmers are smiling as they are earning more and as long as there are positive responses, the border would remain closed.

“I think the farmers are smiling now because they are getting a better price for rice.

Mr. Nanono noted that the major reason for the closure of the border was to sensitise stakeholders and Nigerians on the adverse effect of smuggling on the country’s economy and the health of Nigerians.

According to the Minister, one of the major problems of farmers in the country is transportation, noting that with improved transportation system particularly the rail, the cost of produce will reduce by 30%.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim