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Federal government to review food imports policy

Buznews - August 31, 2015

The Federal Government has announced that it intends to review the import policy on staple food items such as rice, wheat and fish.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Sonny Echono, said this in Abuja during a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Uju Hassan-Baba.
Describing the policy as “unfavourable,” the permanent secretary added that the federal government would ensure that Nigeria became self- sufficient in food production before the restriction of the importation of these food items.
Echono, in a statement from the FMARD on Sunday, said, “The ministry would in the next three years seek the review of the current unfavourable policy by the Federal Government which allows the importation of staple food items such as rice, wheat and fish into the country.”
He emphasized the need to link Nigerian farmers to the market, adding that it was one of the critical factors that would determine productivity and incomes of farmers as well as promote exports through value addition.
The statement noted that the ministry and the NIPC had resolved to partner in the promotion of strategic investments in the agricultural sector.
It said the permanent secretary in the FMARD together with the executive secretary of the NIPC made the resolution when the investment promotion commission’s boss paid Echono a working visit in his office.


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