Food price increase’ll plunge Nigerians into poverty – FG 

Except appropriate measures would be taken, the current increase in the price of food items might plunge more citizens into poverty, the Federal Government warned on Thursday. 

The government, however, said the situation was not peculiar to Nigeria but a global scenario caused by climate change factors.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Abubakar, represented by the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, Abdullahi Abubakar, raised the fears in Abuja during the opening ceremony of a national workshop on the applications of Juncao Technology and its contribution to the achievement of sustainable agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria.

The workshop was organised by the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development, in collaboration with the Division for the SDGs of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; National Engineering Research Centre for Juncao Technology of the Fujian Agriculture; Forestry University of China and Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture.

During the event, the National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, Gloria Akobundu, said Nigeria must harness the untapped possibilities in the agricultural sector to tackle the challenge of food insecurity.

She said, although government was doing its best to alleviate poverty in the country, there was real danger of communities being exposed to insecurity, youth restiveness and malnutrition due to the nation’s population of over 200 million people.

Akobundu said deliberate measures had been put in place to forestall these occurrences.

The Minister observed that the changing climate had impacted negatively on agricultural production and was likely to challenge food security in the future.

Abubakar said, “Food may become more expensive as climate change mitigation efforts increase energy prices. Water required for food production may become more scarce due to increased crop water use and drought.

The World Poverty Clock, an online tool that provides that provides real-time poverty data across countries, recently revealed that over 70 million Nigerians live in extreme poverty.

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