FG dismisses rumor of food shortages in Nigeria

The Federal Government said it had stocked enough food to address possible shortages in some states in 2018.
Audu Ogbeh, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development stated this in Katsina at the Joint International Fund for Agricultural Development and Federal Government 2nd Supervision Mission for Climate Change, Adaptation and Agribusiness Support Forum.
Ogbeh who was represented at the event by his Senior Technical Adviser, Auta Appeh, advised farmers to desist from indiscriminate felling of trees to preserve the environment.
He said that cutting down trees exposes soil to desertification, erosion and other effects of climate change that have negative impact on the environment.
He said statistics had put the rate of desert encroachment in Nigeria at about 12 miles per annum, saying that the Food and Agricultural Organisation had predicted low agricultural yield in some states in the country due to late commencement of rains in 2018.



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