SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 10 – President Muhammadu Buhari has noted that recent floods have threatened his administration’s progress in food security for Nigerians.
“Food security remains at the forefront of our administration’s agenda. I chaired a Meeting of the National Food Security Council today, where we noted the devastating impact of recent floods on the progress we’ve made so far. Our condolences go to the victims and their families,” Buhari said in a message published on his twitter handle on Thursday.
The president had expressed concern over the heavy floods, which destroyed lives, submerged thousands of hectares of farmlands and houses in Kebbi State. According to a statement released last week by the presidential spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, the flood also destroyed farm produce and personal belongings in the affected communities.
Speaking on the outcome of the national food security meeting on Thursday, Buhari said:
“I am pleased to note that many Nigerians are taking advantage of the immense opportunities in the agriculture and agri-business sector. I want to assure you that this Government will continue to support these initiatives and many more to come.
“While key actors in the Nigerian Agric space are championing increased hectares under cultivation, it has become very necessary to pivot our attention and resources to how we can improve yield per hectare. We must ensure this.
“On the issue of security, to protect agricultural investments and boost confidence to our farmers we have deployed thousands of Agro-Rangers.
“We are integrating rural communities to the formal economy by extending access to credit and inputs to rural farmers, and building feeder roads. We have also invested in building our strategic grain reserves in recent years.
“We are grateful to all our farmers for their hard work. We will continue to do everything to support them, including those impacted by the recent flooding disaster. Already, we are working to ensure the losses from this wet season are replaced in the coming dry planting season.”