The Nigeria Governor’s Forum (NGF) recently stated that Nigeria has some of the most affordable food prices in West Africa. The Chairman of NGF, Abdulrahman AbdulRazak, disclosed this while leading his colleagues, Agbu Kefas (Taraba), Ahmed Ododo (Kogi), and Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), on a visit to the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security in Abuja on Monday. AbdulRazak noted that neighbouring countries use Nigeria’s food for trade, taking Soya beans, among others, to get foreign exchange.
AbdulRazak also expressed regret that Nigeria could not achieve much with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrowers Programme, which he described as challenging. He maintained that the trading is not bad, but what needs to be done is to ramp up production and increase yield per hectare so that Nigeria can feed West Africa.
“We have noted that food in Nigeria is the cheapest in West Africa and our neighbours are using our food to trade. They are taking our soya beans and others to get foreign exchange,” he said. “We need to ramp up production and increase yield so we can feed West Africa, ourselves, and export food. Food security is a one-stop-shop, and we need to concentrate on what we are on for dry season farming.”
Kyari had informed the governors that the aim is to increase production all-year-round to drive down food inflation, create jobs, reducing poverty, engendering growth, and promoting inclusivity.
Again, the statement highlights that the food in Nigeria is the cheapest in West Africa, and Nigeria needs to increase production and yield per hectare to meet its food requirements and export food to its neighbours.