President Muhammadu Buhari says floods and greedy middlemen are two of the biggest challenges affecting his administration’s food revolution.
In his message marking the auspicious Muslim occasion, the President restated the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.
According to a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, Buhari said no government in history has ever invested heavily in the production of local products like his administration.
The president restated his government’s determination to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.
On current challenges facing the country, Buhari said the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economy of Nigeria and that floods have also caused large scale destruction to farmlands, thereby impacting negatively “on our efforts to boost local production in line with our policy to drastically reduce food importation”.
“Apart from the destruction caused to rice farms by floods, Middlemen have also taken advantage of the local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians, thereby undermining our goal of supporting local food production at affordable prices,” he added.
The president also blamed Nigeria’s ongoing battle with escalating insecurity as another factor that has adversely affected food production.
He noted that the threats of bandits and terrorists have prevented many farmer’s access to their farmlands.
Buhari promised that the government is addressing the security challenges with the improvement of the capacity of security forces.
He said his administration is determined to create a just, harmonious, and prosperous country that can assure the safety of life and property.
He urged Muslims celebrating Eid to continue to live exemplary lives and contribute to the progress of the nation.