The presidency has warned that Nigeria may likely be facing a shortage of food by January 2017 due to a huge demand in the global market – targeting the country’s surplus production.
The grim forecast was brought to light by Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity on Monday during a radio interview in Kano state.
Shehu told Pyramid radio that:
He quoted the Ministry of Agriculture as estimating that no fewer than 500 trucks loaded with grain leave Nigerian markets every week.
The spokesman further explained that President Buhari had on various occasions reiterated his plan for Nigeria to become a food-producing giant, self-sufficient to the point of depending very little on imported food.