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Presidency initiates grain distribution amid nationwide food crisis

Efforts to Alleviate Food Shortages and Rising Prices Intensify under Tinubu Administration

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In a bid to address the escalating food crisis gripping Nigeria, the Presidency has announced significant progress in the distribution of promised grains across the nation, with bagging underway for the release of 42,000 metric tonnes from the Strategic Reserve.

Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, Bayo Onanuga, disclosed this development in a statement titled ‘Update on Tinubu administration’s efforts to ramp up food supply in the country’. The grains, destined for distribution to vulnerable populations, are currently being readied for delivery to the National Emergency Management Agency.

The decision to release grains follows nationwide protests over the soaring cost of living, with citizens expressing frustration in Minna, Kano, and Ondo State. President Bola Tinubu’s directive on February 8 mandated the immediate release of 102,000 metric tons of grains, addressing the urgent need for food security.

Onanuga clarified that the delay in distribution stemmed from the bagging process, which required fresh orders of bags by the government. Emphasizing the government’s commitment to accessibility, he assured that Nigerians would not incur costs for the grain bags, which are provided free of charge.

Additionally, the Federal Government plans to procure 60,000 metric tonnes of milled rice from the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria, further bolstering food supplies. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, reported a notable reduction in commodity prices following the announcement of impending grain releases.

The government’s initiatives extend beyond immediate relief efforts, with plans to inject capital into dry-season farming to ensure year-round food production. The ongoing Dry Season Farming project under the National Agricultural Growth Scheme Agro-Pocket (NAGS-AP) Project aims to cultivate wheat, rice, maize, and cassava across the country, involving hundreds of thousands of farmers.

With wheat cultivation underway and promising results reported from Jigawa State, the government anticipates a substantial increase in national agricultural output. Phase 2 of the Dry Season Farming initiative is set to commence shortly, targeting rice, maize, and cassava production across all 36 states and the FCT, further signaling the administration’s commitment to long-term food security.

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