Nigeria: Food Inflation – AFAN Wants More Borders Opened

The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) has urged the government to reopen more borders in order to address the food shortage in the country.

The National President of AFAN, Mr. Kabir Ibrahim, in a chat with THISDAY, said reopening more borders would be a step in the right direction, stressing that food importation could arrest Nigeria’s food inflation to an extent.

He categorically said as the national president of Nigerian farmers that the time is ripe for the country to allow movement of agric products into the country to address the rising food prices currently being experienced in the country.

“Nigeria might need to import food if the rise in food prices continues and the 2021 production is not at an optimum,” the farmer insisted.

“There are many cross cutting allocations in so many ministries and parastatals that directly affect agriculture, but it takes the focus of the driver to be able to identify them. For instance, in transportation, good roads and rail lines will help in transporting our produce, in environment, when the work is done perfectly there and the soil is protected from erosion and others, it becomes stable and good enough for crop production. If the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria Export Promotion Council and related agencies collaborate well, we will be able to export some of our produce,” he said.

He also sounded a note of warning that the lack of abundant rainfall for this year’s planting season in the six geo-political zones could compound food crisis in the country in addition to the already worsened insecurity situation.