NIGERIA – The Nigerian government, led by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, has launched a significant initiative by injecting N309 billion (US$220.3M) into the economy.

This investment is aimed at enhancing year-round farming and addressing the persistent challenge of food inflation in the country.

The initiative focuses on dry season farming and the cultivation of over 100,000 hectares of wheat across 15 states.

This strategic move is part of the government’s broader efforts to promote food security and stabilize food prices, which have been a long-standing concern for Nigerian consumers.

In response to these challenges, Sen. Kyari outlined several measures to boost agricultural production.

These include the distribution of substantial agricultural inputs such as improved seeds, seedlings, agrochemicals, inorganic fertilizers, fungicides, and farming equipment to farmers across various value chains.

Additionally, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has provided 2.15 million bags of fertilizers for free distribution to farmers. The government has also enhanced farmland security by allocating additional resources to agro rangers and other security agencies.

To engage the youth in agriculture, the ministry has adopted villages and schools, introduced vocational training programs in Federal Colleges of Agriculture, and implemented the Special Agro-Processing Zones (SAPZ) program.

This program focuses on the production and processing of various crops and livestock, including rice, tomato, groundnuts, sesame, maize, ginger, soybean, cassava, cocoa, dairy, poultry, and aquaculture.

Sen. Kyari also highlighted collaborations with several bilateral and multilateral institutions from countries including the USA, China, Saudi Arabia, Germany, France, India, Denmark, Japan, The Netherlands, Morocco, and Belarus.

These collaborations focus on trade and investment facilitation, mechanization, research development, knowledge transfer, seed development, fertilizer production, and rural infrastructure improvements.

The comprehensive measures and significant investment announced by the Nigerian government aim to transform the agricultural sector, enhance food security, and mitigate the effects of food inflation on Nigerian consumers.

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