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  • Updated: January 08, 2024

Agric minister pledges to address food insecurity, production

Agric minister pledges to address food insecurity, productio

Senator Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, has pledged to eliminate all forms of round-tripping and poor farmers’ data in the sector, including other impediments negatively impacting food security and production.

Kyari said this in his address during the visit of the Governor of Jigawa State, Umar Namadi, at the headquarters of the Ministry.

According to him, the Ministry will squarely address these longstanding challenges, as they have impeded the policies and programmes of government over the years in the sector, and would not allow it to truncate the effort of the Tinubu-led ‘Renewed Hope’ Agenda to galvanise food production.

He said, “As we look forward, we must tackle some of the challenges observed and ensure that they do not impede our agricultural development agenda.

“These challenges include reported cases of round-tripping in connivance with agro-dealers and poor validation of farmers’ data in parts of the participating states. Happily, the case of Jigawa State is remarkably different.

"The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is fully committed to addressing the issues of round-tripping and poor validation of farmers’ data, he shared.

He further stated that with stringent measures put in place, the distribution of farm inputs will be done transparently, and the targeted farmers will receive them.

He also acknowledged that this could be achieved through collaboration with state and local governments, traditional rulers, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“We are dedicated to implementing stringent measures in the forthcoming dry/wet season farming for rice, maize, and cassava to ensure transparent distribution and target genuine farmers.

“Collaboration with states, local governments, traditional rulers, NGOs, and relevant MDAs will be crucial in achieving the desired objectives.“

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