COVID-19: FG Inaugurates Joint Task Team as Emergency Need Arises to Ease Movement of Food and Agricultural Inputs Across the Nation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono has inaugurated the joint technical
task team on emergency response to COVID-19. The Joint task team is to
facilitate the free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and agricultural
inputs and farmer’s movement across the nation during the lockdown and 2020
farming season to avoid food crises.

Speaking during the inauguration in
Abuja today, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, charged the committee ‘’to facilitate
the free movement of food, livestock and agricultural inputs nationwide to
avoid food shortages and ensure minimal impact of COVID -19 on this year’s
farming season’’.

Nanono pointed out that ‘’numerous
reports have been received by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
Development on the problem faced by transporters of food, livestock and
agricultural inputs in different parts of the country’’ as a result of the
unavoidable enforcement of restriction orders.

This he said have resulted in food
scarcity and negatively affected the nation’s agricultural production.

The Minister stated that an emergency
meeting with the Ministers of Defence, Interior and Police Affairs deliberated
and articulated a common agenda towards ensuring the minimal impact of COVID-19
on this year’s farming season in line with the directives of Mr. President and
has prompted the Joint Task Technical Team inaugurated today.

Responding on behalf of the Joint
Technical Task Team, the Committee Chairman, Assistant Inspector General of
Police, (Operations), Austin Agbonlahor, pledged the committee’s commitment to
the tasks ahead and promised to deliver on its mandate.

The Joint Technical Task Team is made
up of the following members; AIG Austin Agbonlahor, AIG P(Operations) –
Chairman, ACG Bunu Modu, Nigeria Security & Civil Defense Crops – Member,
Umar Farouk Mudi, National President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN)
– Member, Representative, Nigeria Army – Member, Mr. Chris Isizuzo, National
Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists(NUJ), Ibikunle Tajudeen Barruwa,
National President, NURTW – Member and Zubariu Abdullahi, Director, Planning
and Policy Coordination, FMARD – Secretary and it’s Terms of Reference are as
follows:

• to work with relevant agencies in
the States and Local Government Areas to develop a window that will facilitate the
free and unhindered movement of food, livestock and Agricultural inputs without
compromising the security and health of the nation.

• to issue out clear instruction to
all the security personnel in the three internal security outfits of police,
civil defence and the army on the need to allow the free and unhindered
movement of foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural inputs to all parts of
Nigeria.

• to work with the National Union of
Roads Transport Workers (NURTW), to adequately educate its members in ensuring
that vehicles conveying foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural inputs (excluding
passengers) are allowed to pass and

• to ensure that adequate information
clarifying the controlled movement of foodstuff, livestock and Agricultural
inputs is disseminated by the media to food transporters and security
personnel.

COVI9-19 and the Food Supply Chains Inter-Ministerial Policy Response Meeting.

The meeting, which has in attendance, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alh. Muhammad Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Defence, Major Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (RTD), Minister of Police Affairs, Alh. Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi and Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

In his speech, Alh. Sabo Nanono disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working closely with the relevant government organisations to ensure appropriate food policy responses, which include:

I. Ensuring that transportation of food and agricultural inputs are unhindered by the restriction of movements to ensure that supply chains are kept open and functional.

II. Incorporating Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) to eliminate or reduce the risk of food surfaces and food packaging materials becoming contaminated.

III. Supporting the most vulnerable population by releasing assorted food via safety net interventions to complement food distributions in specific areas of vulnerability.

The interactive meeting involving key government institutions which are the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Police Affairs is expected to discuss issues, challenges and innovative solutions that would permit easy access for the food supply chain in the country in line with broader government’s objective of ensuring a healthy and food secured nation in the face of COVID-19 Pandemic.

Minister Visits Farm, Pledges FG’s Support

As part of
activities of government to boost food production in Nigeria, the Hon. Minister
of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development yesterday
visited Nigeria Farmers’ Group and Cooperative Society Farm (NFGCS) at Gaate,
Kokona Local Government Area of Nassarawa State to inspect the facilities and
activities of the 3-year old farm. During the
visit, the Hon. Minister informed the management of NFGCS that he deemed
it fit to inspect the farm after a presentation made at the Ministry that was
too good to believe.

The Hon. Minister then toured the
farm and subsequently commended the youth who put their efforts together to
establish the fast growing farm. Hon. Mustapha Shehuri was impressed with the
attitude of these youth who have decided to up their own game by not venturing
into cybercrime nor seeking contract from the govt. They chose to go to the
forest and they are creating big wealth. They have employed hundreds of youth
they pay salaries as farmers, bricklayers, Engineers, Labourers, etc.

The NFGCS Farm
grows and processes varieties of farm produce which include rice, poultry,
livestock, crops, etc. According to reports, they supply to different companies
including hotels in faraway Lagos State.

The NFGCS farm
has a Unit where they fabricate farm equipment, part of which they use on their
farm.

However, the
management of NFGCS are appealing to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and
Rural Development to support the farm, especially with machines and chemicals.

In his response,
the minister invited the Management of the farm to the Ministry so as to
discuss areas the office can support them. “We will contribute our own quota as
a government to optimize their productivity. What i saw on the farm is the
definition of real Agriculture.”

The Minister,
further, commended the approach of NFGCS Farm Management to community issue as
a good way recommendable to solving Farmer/Herder clashes in Nigeria. Governors
who want to impact on their people are enjoined to go and study the farm and
borrow ideas.

FG MARKS 2019 WORLD FOOD DAY

Nigeria will join the global Community to mark the World Food Day 2019. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Our Actions Are Our Future, Healthy Diets for A #ZeroHunger World” which specifically addresses United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No 2 being “Zero Hunger”.
The annual event established by  United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) since 1945 is celebrated on 16th October of every year in over 180 countries around the world to promote world-wide effective action to end hunger, malnutrition and poverty and ensuring that everyone at all times and place has physical and economic access to nutritious  food.

This year’s theme calls for action across sectors to make healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone.

 The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, saddled with the responsibility of organizing the event in collaboration with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and other relevant Development Partners and stakeholders have lined up activities which will officially kick off on 14th 0ctober 2019 with a Sensitization Walk to create public awareness on the need to ensure food security and demonstrate Government’s commitment, Other activities slated for the 4- day event include: Schools Quiz Competition, Press Briefing, Symposium/Colloquium, Photo Exhibition, amongst others.

 The celebration will culminate in an  Agric Show/Exhibition on  16th October 2019  where  Agricultural Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), National Agricultural Foundation of Nigeria (NAFN), Agro-dealers, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Value Chain Operators, Youth/Women in Agriculture, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other Stakeholders will converge at the Agric Show Ground, KM 28, Abuja-Keffi Express Way, to showcase and exhibit agricultural potentials and establish synergy with current realities in the sector.

The World Food Day celebration in Nigeria has been a laudable event that highlights Government’s strategic support and assistance both in addressing emerging challenges and in promoting far reaching interventions to guarantee food security in the nation.

The Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Muhammad Sabo Nanono, Honourable Minister of State, Hon. Mustapha Baba Shehuri, Permanent Secretary, Dr Mohammed Bello Umar, FAO Country Representative, Mr Suffyan Koroma, officials and delegates from Government/ Private Sector Organizations, Agencies and all Relevant Stakeholders are expected to grace the occasion.

Ministers of Agriculture resume

Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development

Alhaji
Mustapha Baba Shehuri (Hon. Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development)

Alhaji Mohammed Sabo Nanono and Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri have assumed duties as the new Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) and Minister of State.Read More

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