President Bola Tinubu, on Thursday, in Abuja, declared a state of emergency on food security.
Tinubu also approved that all matters pertaining to food and water availability and affordability, as essential livelihood items, be included within the purview of the National Security Council.
This was followed by an immediate release of fertilizers and grains to farmers and households to mitigate the effects of the subsidy removal.
Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communications and Strategy, Dele Alake, disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Thursday evening after consultations with key stakeholders in the agricultural sector at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Alake said “We will immediately release fertilizers and grains to farmers and households to mitigate the effects of the subsidy removal.
“There will be an organic synergy between the Ministry of Agriculture and the use of water resources to ensure adequate irrigation of farmlands and to guarantee that food is available all year round.
“As a country, Mr. President has made it clear that we are no longer comfortable with seasonal farming. We can no longer afford to have farming downtime.”
The Presidential aide explained that the Federal Government will partner with states to create ranches in those that are willing to avail lands.
The ranches will have sections dedicated as grazing reserves, Alake added.
“We will establish ranches in collaboration with the state government and the federal government will pay for the land,” he said.
Alake explained that the Federal Government will activate land banks nationwide, which currently stand at 500,000 hectares mapped “to increase the availability of arable land for farming which will immediately impact food output.”
Meanwhile, the Central Bank of Nigeria has advised middlemen withholding grains to release supplies at their disposal as prices are likely to fall when the Federal Government begins to distribute grains.