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Pic. 30. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh (R), with the Minister of State, Sen Heineken Lokpobiri, during a News Conference on Huge Grains Export and Fear of Famine in the Country, in Abuja on Monday (5/12/16). 8880/5/12/2016/Hogan-Bassey/NAN

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh (R), with the Minister of State , Sen Heineken Lokpobiri.

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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, has reassured Nigerians that there will be no famine due to the massive food production in the country.

Ogbeh said this in Abuja while addressing newsmen on the sidelines of the three-day 11th African Economic Conference which began on Monday.

The conference was organised by the African Development Bank (AfDB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

“How can there be famine when there is so much food production?’’ he asked.

He, however, noted that the cost of food would be high for now and would fall in the next few months because farmers were planting again.

“The problem with those of us in the cities is that we do not even estimate the amount of labour and pain that the peasants go through to produce what they produce.

If you visit the farm for one day you will not even sell the grains they are selling now at twice the price they are selling and that is why we are pushing machinery to agriculture.

The prices will fall, but let production reach a level where those who want to exploit can no longer do so because there is so much available everywhere.

If you start to impose price restrictions now, you will demoralise the farmer but I assure you that we are worried about the cost but the answer is for us to stimulate more production.

Let us have at least three harvests a year on essential grains, once we do that, if anybody is hoarding, he will be caught by the new harvest,’’ he said.

On the issue of repackaging local rice in foreign bags, the minister said that it was unnecessary considering that locally produced rice was superior to the foreign one and tastier.

He also said that the price of rice would soon crash because there were 110 rice mills in the country now and that those mills were going to be pushed into villages to support women in particular.

“Those who are smuggling, adulterating or repackaging in foreign bags do not know what they are doing and in another year, they will be out of business.’’

Ogbeh also said that the issue of herdsmen and farmers’ clashes would soon be over because the government had set up a wing of the army headed by a major-general to tackle it.

He said that there were plans to first disarm herdsmen carrying weapons and hunt down rustlers.

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

9 Comments

  1. el

    December 5, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    all talks#we w
    ant actions#quickly#pple are suffering

  2. Deji

    December 5, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Give us figures to back your claims. This Minister is fond of wishful thinking.

    How come there is no continuation of policies done by the last agric minister under GEJ?

  3. Jo!

    December 5, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    “Peasants”? In 2016? Who is this man?

    Also, were you not the same person that said rice prices will fall in November after harvest? Una neva harvest?

  4. Nellyv

    December 5, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    All ds old men in Buhari’s administration that cannot think with their brain. You all have made it known to the whole world that Nigeria is heading towards a great famine. BBecause of this same word “famine” my friend’s sister was denied a visiting visa to d UK. Home office reason being that the girl might not go back to Nigeria as there is famine in Nigeria. This Buhari has caused so much embarrassment to Nigerian in diaspora

    • mujer

      December 6, 2016 at 2:15 am

      You have talked too much. Aisha Buhari has been campaigning with her NGO to address famine in the northeast. UN just started a $1billion fund for the hunger in the Northeast. The famine is the ripple effect of Boko Haram and other issues. Why are these people so clueless? Or is this a blatant lie? If the latter, it is a jarring insult to the intellect of the average Nigerian. Its very annoying.

  5. Nellyv

    December 5, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    **Nigerians** I meant.

  6. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    December 6, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Audu Ogbe your fellow Countrymen and women know you are lying through your ass. Even with the massive food harvest, where is the money to buy the harvested foods? I forgot the foods was planted and harvested for exportation to other Countries. According to our former First Lady ” There is God ooooooo.

  7. tunmi

    December 6, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I really do think Nigeria can come out of this though. Clearly there are some people benefitting who have long benefitted from things being ruined. I am optimistic that prices will fall due to mass production.

  8. Nuna

    December 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

    KOWA party 2019! Lets vote all these buffoons out

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