Tinubu declares state of emergency on food security

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has declared a national emergency on food security, as part of measures to check food inflation and guarantee price stability.

Announcing this on Thursday, the Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake said President Tinubu is mindful of the rising cost of food and how it affects Nigerian households.

The President therefore directed the release fertilizers and grains to farmers and households to mitigate the effects of the fuel subsidy removal.

Similarly, land banks will be activated with 500,000 hectares already mapped out to increase arable land availability.

Government will also enhance irrigation to ensure all year farming, while setting up ranches with state governments to eliminate the archaic method of livestock farming.
Mr Alake added that a national commodity board will be in place to help ensure price stability, just as security will be beefed up to ensure that farmers return to their farms unhindered.

He added that the high cost of transporting agric products will be addressed through rail and water transportation, while export capacity of the agric sector will be strengthened.

Mr Alake further announced that savings from the subsidy removal will be used for the interventions in the agric sector.

Middlemen and commodity merchants were advised to release grains that have been hoarded as government will be releasing all grains in the strategic serves.

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