In a bold move to address the escalating cost of food, the Bola Tinubu-led government has implemented a series of strategic measures, spearheaded by the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari. The commitment to agricultural transformation was highlighted in a recent post by the minister on his official platform.
The core initiative involves farmers cultivating an impressive 323,000 hectares of farmland, a concerted effort aimed at mitigating the surge in food prices. Minister Kyari emphasized the optimism among farmers, believing that this extensive cultivation will have a positive impact on the affordability of essential food items.
President Bola Tinubu’s ambitious goal is to extend this agricultural footprint to 500,000 hectares, envisioning a comprehensive strategy to combat hunger nationwide. This visionary approach is reinforced by specific measures undertaken by the government:
1. Deployment of lessons from the first phase of dry season food production.
2. Cultivation of major crops such as wheat, rice, maize, and cassava in 15 participating states.
3. Time-specific initiation of wheat production with a two-phase implementation plan.
4. Declaration of a state of emergency on food security by President Tinubu, with a commitment to boosting it in 2024.
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria stands in support of expanding cultivable land, recognizing its role in increasing food production. President Tinubu also underscores the importance of adding value to products to earn foreign exchange, thereby supporting the national currency.
Furthermore, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security is actively collaborating with states to ensure the transparent distribution of agro-inputs, a crucial step towards achieving the overarching goal of food security. As President Tinubu leads this agro-revolution, the nation anticipates positive shifts in food affordability and accessibility, marking a significant stride towards a more secure and prosperous future.