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April 17, 2024

ACAN Urges FG to Take Action on Rising Food Prices 

The Agriculture Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ACAN) has urged the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to act swiftly in reaching President Bola Tinubu’s goal of food self-sufficiency, and tackle the rising cost of Food.

ACAN emphasized that lowering food prices would ease the current difficulties faced by Nigerians. 

The association, in a statement from Chairman, Collins Nnabuife, highlighted a lack of concrete actions despite the administration’s declaration of an emergency in the agriculture and food sector.

The ACAN Chairman said the government should immediately take visible steps to end the food insecurity in the country.

He noted with dismay, that despite the food outlook reports recently released by some credible international organisations, indicating that some states of the federation were already on the acute hunger danger list, the Ministers of agriculture were yet to hit the ground running with policy implementation.

According to him, “the government should facilitate better market access for farmers and promote value addition along the agricultural value chain. Creating avenues for farmers to access local and international markets will not only increase income for farmers but also position Nigeria as a key player in the global agricultural market.

“There should be advocates for policy reforms that address challenges such as land tenure, trade barriers, and regulatory bottlenecks, fostering an enabling environment for agricultural growth.

“There is a need for immediate youth Inclusion and programs that attract and engage youth in agriculture through training, mentorship, and incentives to revitalize the sector and address the aging farming population.

“The Ministries of Agriculture both at the Federal and state levels should evolve stakeholder Collaboration, to spur inclusive participation among stakeholders, including government agencies, private sector players, and civil society organizations, to ensure a holistic and coordinated approach towards agricultural development.

“Nigeria should also give adequate attention to programs that prioritize climate-smart agricultural practices to enhance resilience to climate change, mitigate risks, and ensure sustainable agricultural practices,” Nnabuife noted.

“He also tasked the government to strengthen the capacities of Agricultural research agencies to develop quality climate-smart seeds and other agricultural equipment to help drive increased agricultural production.

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