Foodie Naija Update

FOODIE NAIJA UPDATE (NIGERIA IS ABOUT TO REVIEW FOOD POLICY)

The federal government will
review the import policy on staple food items, The Punch
reports.

Sonny Echono, the permanent
secretary of Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development (FMARD), during a
meeting with Uju Hassan-
Baba, the executive secretary of the Nigerian Investment
Promotion Commission ( NIPC),
stated that the policy
is unfavourable, noting that it
would ensure that Nigeria was
self-sufficient in food production
before the restriction of the importation of these food items.

In a statement the ministry said: “The ministry would in the
next three years seek the review of the current unfavourable
policy by the federal government which allows the importation of
staple food items such as rice,
wheat and fish into the country.”

Sonny Echono said that Nigerian
farmers should be linked to the
market and explained that it was one of the critical factors that
would determine productivity and incomes of farmers as well as promote exports through
value addition.

According to the statement, the
FMARD and the NIPC made the
resolution when the investment
promotion commission’s boss
paid Echono a working visit in
his office.
The FMARD permanent secretary
said that Nigeria had
comparative advantage in the
development of agricultural
sector in view of its vast arable land, huge population and
markets.

Echono stressed that the main target of the ministry was to
guarantee food security for the
country as well as export food items to other countries in the
West African sub-region.
Hassan-Baba said there had been
an increase in the demand for
market information on agricultural activities in Nigeria
by foreign investors.
“A desk officer from the ministry
should be posted to the NIPC’s
one-stop shop,” she said.

Hassan-Baba announced that the
NIPC would organise
stakeholders’ forum on promoting investment in the
agricultural sector.
She noted:” The ministry had a
critical role to play in order to ensure the success of the proposed forum which comes up
in Abuja soon.”

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