WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PREVENT FOOD CRISIS AMID COVID-19 PANDEMIC – PRESIDENT BUHARI
President Buhari, on Thursday, September 10th, 2020, said his administration has been able to prevent a food crisis amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said this while speaking at the National Food Security Council meeting held at the State House, Abuja.
The President said the pandemic exposed the level of preparedness of nations to shocks of food security.
He said the Federal Government’s wisdom in promoting self-sufficiency over the years helped significantly in averting a food crisis.
Buhari however noted that his administration still needs to intensify efforts in increasing food production and self-sufficiency.
He assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will continue to promote policies that favor investments in the agricultural sector.
He said; “The coronavirus pandemic has illustrated more than any event in recent history how countries must strive harder to protect food systems. It has also exposed the limits of dependency on other countries.
“In the last five years we have recorded notable achievements. Despite the decline in GDP by 6.1 per cent in Q2 of 2020 as a direct result of coronavirus, the agricultural sector continued to grow because of government targeted policies.”
He lauded the Nigerian farmers for enhancing food security and stability in the country, and added that the favourable rainy seasons should serve as encouragement for many to venture into Agriculture.
“I am pleased to note that most Nigerians are taking advantage of the opportunities in the agriculture and agric-business sector. I want to assure you that this government will continue to support these initiatives and many more to come,” he stated.