FG Reiterates Commitment To Combat Hunger In Nigeria
By Grace Samuel
The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to combat hunger and ensure food security in Nigeria.
This is as the Federal government reiterated plans to cultivate 500,000 hectares of farmlands across the country to grow staple crops like maize, rice, wheat, and millet.
This, according to President Bola Tinubu, will help in ensuring a constant supply of food and making it more affordable for everyone.
He noted that the implementation of the food security program has already started in Jigawa State with the National Wheat Development Programme.
He said these efforts will go a long way in addressing the rising cost of living and under-employment rate.
According to the Presidency, the states involved in the Federal Government’s 500,000-hectare farming project will focus on cultivating crops that give them a competitive advantage.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Temitope Ajayi, who made this known in a statement recently, explained that the program will primarily involve farmers from the northern states, where agricultural activities are more prominent. For instance, Jigawa has allocated 120,000 hectares for dry season wheat farming.
He said each state will have the opportunity to participate, and the selection of crops will be based on the strengths and farming potential of each region.
Tinubu declared a state of emergency on food security last year as an action against food inflation after removing the fuel subsidy.