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Junior Agricultural Minister Tells Reasons Why Price Of Rice May Rise To N40,000 Per Bag

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, has indicated that without a commensurable production capacity, the price of rice may rise to N40,000 per bag by December if Nigerians fail to engage in rice farming.cuisinecuisine cuisine

Mr. Lokpobiri said that Nigeria spends about $22 billion a year on importing food, and this number could swell if the price of rice increases. In order to reverse this trend, Nigeria needs to produce goods domestically rather than relying on imports, the senator emphasized.

‎The junior minister, who made this known on Saturday at a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Bayelsa State in Yenagoa, said there was a projection that by 2050, Nigeria’s population would be 450 million. Such rapid population growth would exacerbate food insecurity, he said.

“The price of rice was N12,000 some months ago, but it is now about N26,000 and if we don’t start producing by December, it could be N40,000,” Mr. Lokpobiri explained.

“Rice matures in three months. So this is a wake up call for Bayelsa people to take the four farms we have seriously. The average land you see in Bayelsa can grow rice, so the colonial masters were not wrong in their assessment when they said the Niger Delta could feed not only Nigeria but also the entire West Africa sub-region.

“Unfortunately, agriculture today is not a priority of the Niger Delta as far as the State governments are concerned because of oil,” he said.

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Reason Why Nigeria Could Face Food Shortage Soon

According to reports, Nigeria is owing local fertilizer suppliers an outstanding debt of N72 billion. This is indicative of a lackadaisical attitude towards agriculture and could result in food shortage for the whole country, which paints a pretty gloomy picture for the citizens, who are already suffering through a petroleum crisis and a lack of basic amenities. It may strike some as odd that fertilizer suppliers could actually have any serious impact on the nation’s food production.

The debt owed to FEPSAN, however, is an inherited one as it has been accumulating since 2014 from the past administration. The past government was accused of passing on the debt from his administration to the current Buhari administration.

If faced with a food crisis, we can be sure that the country will also battle with social vices. In his 2002 journal on food crisis, Zakariya D. Goshit said inadequate nutrition, which is a consequence of food shortage, always results in lawlessness. “Food problems have forced some Nigerians to engage in activities which have a negative impact on the nation. These social vices include ethnic-religious conflicts, armed robbery, prostitution, child- trafficking, corruption, etc. A hungry man is an easy target for selfish members of the bourgeoisie who would buy their services for a price to foment anarchy within the society.”

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Reasons Why There Would Be Hike In Food Prices This Christmas Season

The cost of food has increased in the country as Consumers of goods and services would have to pay a little more the Christmas season due to hike of food prices this year.

According to Nigeriabulleting.com, The latest report of a hike in inflation rate for the month suggests a bleak Christmas to most Nigerians, as most of the food items that constitute the staple of most homes during the Yuletide season would cost more. Prices in Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages division as well as Transportation were most affected, according to the report, attributing it to shortages in the supply of petrol.

The quantity of Food imported into Nigeria has continued to drop on a yearly basis, the Federal Government has said. And according to the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, This might be as  result of  the nation’s agricultural economy had been killed as a result of illegal importation of rice, frozen foods and other food items through Seme and Cameron borders, a situation he said had destroyed the nation’s capacity of feeding over 60,000,000 Africans.

Also if you recall in the month of November, President Mohammadu Buhari in Paris, France stated that Nigeria is currently suffering from the effects of the climate change which he said have drastically affected food security.

What do you think is the solution to making food available to Nigerians this holiday? Please share your thought.


Reason Why Expert Warns Nigeria Against Food Scarcity Coming Soon

The Vice-Chairman, South-West Zone of the Agriculture and Allied
Employees’ Union of Nigeria, Blessing Oladele, has asked the Federal Government to heed the warning given by Nigeria Meteorological Agency that the country may experience food scarcity due to low rainfall in 2015. The Punch reports.

On Wednesday, August 19,  Oladele stated that the low rainfall
experienced in the South-West and North, known to be agriculture zones, called for serious concern.

He said: “The states in the South-West, particularly Ekiti, have
very low rainfall this year and it has started manifesting. So, our
governments must invest in our dams, so that we can have irrigation
projects that can respond to this kind of situation. My task is
to ensure that agriculture is repositioned in the South-West, and we
shall achieve that. I am encouraging members of all the unions,
including the Nigeria Labour Congress and Trade Union Congress, to
invest in farming and we are receiving warm reception.Fayose’s stomach infrastructure policy has become a brand and we have to embrace it. The only alternative to our economic survival now is farming, which is food production, and we have to live by that reality.”

Oladele urged the federal government to seek alternative means of water supply to boost food production by investing hugely in irrigation projects across the country.