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Soaring Food Prices: Expert Urges FG To Declare State Of Emergency On Agriculture

By Grace Samuel

An entrepreneur, Ms Abimbola Adeyemi, has urged the Federal Government to take immediate action in the agriculture sector to address the rising prices of food items.

Adeyemi, who is the CEO of Crown Fit Cocktails and More, expressed disappointment that Nigeria, despite having abundant arable land and human resources, is no longer able to sustain itself.

She made the remarks during the opening of the Crown Fit food and beverages exhibition in Abeokuta, Ogun state. Adeyemi emphasized the need for the government to make agriculture more appealing to young people by providing interest-free loans, farm inputs, training, and equipment.

She attributed the current economic difficulties faced by Nigerians to the government’s neglect of the agriculture sector over the years. Adeyemi stressed that addressing food distribution is the first crucial step in eradicating hunger and poverty in the country.

She called for the government to declare a state of emergency in the agriculture sector, with hopes of witnessing a rapid turnaround that will benefit everyone in the near future.

In order to alleviate hunger and poverty in the country, the most urgent first step is to distribute food.

The removal of subsidies and the state of the economy have caused prices of essential goods to increase. It is crucial for the Federal government to declare a state of emergency in the agriculture sector.

It is hoped that there will be a rapid turnaround that will benefit everyone in the near future.

To mitigate the impact of harsh economic policies on farmers, providing them with access to interest-free loans would be helpful. Farmers are currently the most affected by these policies.

It is important for Nigerians to cultivate what they consume, and the government should support locally made products. This will stimulate the local market and revive the struggling economy, according to Adeyemi.

Adeyemi also mentioned that the exhibition will attract numerous farmers, food and event vendors, and others. She informed that her organization has trained, employed, and involved over 100 young Nigerians in the food and beverages sector to help them become self-sufficient.

She emphasised that to alleviate hunger and poverty in the country, the most urgent first step is to distribute food.

“The removal of subsidies and the state of the economy have caused prices of essential goods to increase.

“It is crucial for the Federal government to declare a state of emergency in the agriculture sector. It is hoped that there will be a rapid turnaround that will benefit everyone in the near future.

“To mitigate the impact of harsh economic policies on farmers, providing them with access to interest-free loans would be helpful. Farmers are currently the most affected by these policies.

“It is important for Nigerians to cultivate what they consume, and the government should support locally made products. This will stimulate the local market and revive the struggling economy,” Adeyemi stated.

 

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