FG Raises Alarm Over Grain Shortages

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The Presidency has raised alarm over a looming shortage of grains in the country any time soon.

According to The Tide source yesterday, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said that the country currently risks famine from early next year.

It added that the development was due to a possible demand from surplus production at the global market.

Garba in the statement further raised the fear that Nigeria which is the largest producer of cereal in Africa currently risks the famine due to the huge demand that was targeted towards the nation’s surplus globally.

According to the SSA, while also giving the forecast, the development has given rise for the mindless export of Nigeria’s grains across the nation’s borders.

He added that except the trend was curtailed, Nigerian markets would be bereft of food by January next year.

The Presidential spokesman said the ministry of agriculture has advised the president on the need to draw the attention of all Nigerians to this issue which, if not addressed, could lead to a shortage of grains in the country.

“Over the past year, providence has blessed Nigeria with a bountiful harvest of grains more than enough to feed the country and to export abroad”, he said.