20 November 2012

Nigeria: FG Allays Fears of Food Scarcity, Famine

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina has allayed the fears of Nigerians that the flood disaster which swept off farms in many parts of the country would cause famine and food scarcity assuring that all efforts have been put in place to curb food insecurity.

Dr. Adesina gave the assurance in Ibadan yesterday when he announced the release of 11,500 grains and food items to the victims of the flood disasters in the country.

The minister directed that 1,500 metric tonnes of grains and food be distributed to representatives of the flood disaster victims in Oyo State warning that there must be honesty, transparency and accountability on the part of those assigned to distribute the items.

He further warned that any act of sabotage would be prosecuted stressing that the items were not for sale.

Other states of the federation would get their shares without any further delay, he assured.

He stressed that despite the apprehension being expressed by the alarmists that there would be famine and food scarcity in the country ,he disclosed that various measures have been put in place in that direction.

According to him, a sum of N9.7 billion has been set aside to execute the National Food recovery plan of the federal government assuring that farmers who were victims of the flood disasters and those who were spared would benefit as they would be provided with high yielding seeds and fertilisers free of charge.

The state governor who was represented by the commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon.Peter Odetomi commended the federal government for its quick intervention on the problems of the victims of flood disaster.

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