Presidency Intensifies Efforts to Boost Food Supply

Presidency Intensifies Efforts to Boost Food Supply

The Presidency has announced that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is in the final stages of releasing 42,000 metric tonnes of diverse food items to provide assistance to vulnerable populations throughout the country.

In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, Mr Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, revealed that the grains had been packaged at seven different locations for subsequent distribution to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Once the bagging process is complete, immediate distribution will commence. Additionally, the initial batch will be supplemented by an additional 60,000 metric tonnes of food purchased by the Federal Government from the Mega Rice Millers.

Furthermore, the Federal Government is actively increasing food production by promoting Dry Season Farming through the National Agricultural Growth Scheme Agro-Pocket (NAGS-AP) Project.

The first phase of Dry Season Farming, initiated in November 2023, focuses on wheat cultivation in 15 wheat-producing states, covering a total of 118,657 hectares and involving 107,429 farmers.

Reports indicate promising progress, particularly in Jigawa State, where wheat growth has been exceptional. The state is on track to harvest from approximately 50,000 hectares, surpassing the initial allocation by 10,000 hectares.

According to the presidential aide, the second phase of Dry Season Farming, dedicated to rice, maize, and cassava, will soon commence across all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The rice cultivation target is set at 250,000 hectares, involving 500,000 farmers, with an expected output of one million metric tons of paddy rice. Maize cultivation will cover 55,000 hectares and engage 110,000 farmers, contributing an additional 165,000 metric tons to the national maize production.

For cassava, 35,000 hectares will be cultivated by 70,000 farmers, aiming to produce 525,000 metric tons of cassava.

Moreover, the Federal Government is providing supplementary support for Phase Two, resulting in an aggregate subsidy of approximately 93 percent for farmers engaged in these crops.

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