Against the backdrop of the concerns in some quarters over the outbreak of famine in Nigeria next year, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State has urged the federal government to immediately stop the export of food items to neighbouring countries, especially through the land border.
Speaking in Isa Local Government Area of the state at the flag off of the 2017 dry season wheat farming, Tambuwal also called on the federal government to come up with emergency plans to purchase excess grains from the farmers so as to boost grains reservoir in all parts of the country.
He also raised the alarm over the massive exportation of grains from Nigeria, saying it portends great dangers to Nigeria’s future food security.
“I keep wondering why we have to ban import of food, especially rice, from the land border but allow massive export of our food commodity to neighbouring countries.
“Considering our population, we must take measures that will enhance food security in our country,” the governor said. Speaking at the event, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, said despite challenges, Nigeria is on the verge of being self sufficient in food production.
According to him, the journey to make Nigeria self-sufficient in food production, especially rice is already being realised.
“This is where the country can feed itself and even have surplus for exports,” he added.
Emefiele commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his ongoing efforts to diversify the nation’s economy from heavy dependence on oil revenue, saying he deserves commendation for allowing the CBN to initiate the Anchor Borrowers Programme.
Emefiele commended Tambuwal for providing adequate subsidised fertilizers and other inputs for the farmers.
In their separate remarks, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, said the Anchor Borrowers’ Scheme would transform the agricultural sector in the country.