Addressing Food Crisis: Government rejects imports, targets hoarders.

Addressing Food Crisis: Government rejects imports, targets hoarders.

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By Akinsuroju Olubunmi

Addressing Food Crisis: Government rejects imports, targets hoarders.

Addressing Food Crisis: Government rejects imports, targets hoarders.

In response to the ongoing food crisis plaguing Nigeria, the Federal Government has taken decisive measures to address the situation. Rejecting the notion of importing food, the government aims to tackle high costs and economic hardships by focusing on domestic production and clamping down on hoarders. At an emergency meeting held in Abuja, President Bola Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima, and state governors agreed on strategies to alleviate the burden on citizens.


Rejecting Imports, Targeting Hoarders


The decision to reject food imports stems from the belief that Nigeria possesses the potential to feed itself and even become a net exporter of food items. Importing food, according to the government, would undermine the progress made in recent months in boosting local food production. Instead, the government plans to intensify investments in agriculture to ensure food availability for all Nigerians.


In addition to rejecting imports, the government is set to tackle the issue of hoarding. A committee comprising key security officials has been established to coordinate with state governors in cracking down on traders who hoard grains. This move aims to ensure that food reaches the people and stabilizes prices, countering attempts by some traders to exploit the situation for profit.


Rising Prices and Inflation


The decision comes amidst rising food prices, with December 2023 food inflation reaching 33.93 percent, up from 23.75 percent in the previous year. Staple foods like rice, beans, oils, and poultry have seen significant price surges, triggering protests across the country. While acknowledging the challenges of insecurity, flooding, and low mechanization in food production, the government remains committed to overcoming these obstacles and achieving food security.


Investments in Agriculture


To bolster food production, the government has completed irrigation projects covering over 22,000 hectares, with plans for additional development in irrigable areas. These projects aim to enhance food production and alleviate the food crisis across the country. Furthermore, efforts are underway to distribute grains to poor Nigerians at no cost, providing immediate relief to those affected by the crisis.


Combatting Smuggling and Ensuring Affordability


To prevent further exacerbation of the crisis, the Nigeria Customs Service has vowed to stop the smuggling of foodstuffs out of the country. This commitment underscores the government’s determination to prioritize the needs of its citizens and prevent the exploitation of scarce resources for personal gain.




As Nigeria grapples with the challenges of food insecurity and rising prices, the government’s rejection of food imports and crackdown on hoarders signal a proactive approach to addressing the crisis. By prioritizing domestic production, combating smuggling, and ensuring affordability, the government aims to mitigate the impact of the food crisis and safeguard the well-being of its citizens.


Food Crisis, Domestic Production

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