Yuletide: FG working to crash food prices – Agric Minister assures

The Federal Government says it is working tirelessly to crash the prices of food naturally between now and yuletide.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Muhammad Abubakar, stated this yesterday, in Abuja, during a working visit to the Agricultural Council of Nigeria, (ARCN).

Abubakar assured that the Federal Government would not sit idly by watching food prices skyrocket. He further explained that the Government was also working with international organisations for the agricultural sector to be improved, to increase production that will be sufficient for Nigeria’s teeming population.

He said: “We are doing everything possible to bring up some kind of stimulant that will cause price reduction naturally. Nobody will just sit and watch”.

On the return of the Growth Enhancement Scheme, (GES), Abubakar said the ministry would kick-off the programme soon, as according to him, the Government had found a way to make the scheme work better.

In his remarks, Executive Secretary of ARCN, Professor Garba Sharubutu, said the council would support the ministry to ensure there is the provision of necessary input for food security, poverty eradication and diversification of the economy.

Sharubutu said the various Research Institutes had made giant strides in developing technologies to tackle some emerging diseases and pests both presently and in the past.

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