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Inflation: FG sets to Implement National Agricultural Goods Scheme.

The federal government is set to implement the first phase of the National Agricultural Goods Scheme to ramp up food production and ease the ongoing food shortages and high food inflation in the country.

The scheme targets wheat, rice, maize, and cassava production.

The minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, revealed this at the 1st Post-Harvest Connect Conference organised by the Nigeria Stored Product Research Institute (NSPRI) under the theme, ‘Scaling Appropriate Post-Harvest Solutions for Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security’, in Abuja on Thursday.

Abdullahi noted that in 2023 and 2024, Nigeria successfully implemented the first phase of the national agricultural goods scheme, achieving 180,652 hectares of millet with an estimated output of 55,600 to 75,000 metric tons of wheat grains for the upcoming rainy season.

He further mentioned that the government aimed to target 600,000 hectares, involving 1.2 million farmers covering five major food crops: rice, maize, sorghum, soybean, and cassava, nationwide to consolidate the gains made in the past.

Abdullahi commended the executive director and supporters of the initiative and emphasised the importance of collaboration. He urged research institutes to renew their collaborative activities with Nigerians, particularly the NSPRI, in order to benefit from innovative solutions in post-harvest research and innovation.

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