#Declare State Of Emergency On Food, Reps Tell FG

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The House of Representatives yesterday asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on staple food production. The resolution was consequent upon the adoption of a motion sponsored by Sani Bala, who drew the attention of the House to the recent report of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UN-FAO), which projected that an estimated 13 million people in Nigeria would face the risk of acute food insecurity in the next few months. In adopting the motion, the House also expressed concern over the activities of terrorist groups on food production and the imposition of taxes on farmers.

Presenting the motion, Bala, who expressed concern over the rising prices of foodstuffs, observed that the UN-FAO report “Reveals that the number of people in critical or worse phases of food insecurity may increase to about 16.9 million unless efforts are made to provide adequate support and government intervention to ensure recovery and resilience.”

He added, “The House is aware that government has promoted massive agricultural development in recent times leading to the closure of borders against the importation of some staple food in order to encourage adequate local production and food sufficiency. “The House is concerned that agricultural activities, production and its overall development in the country have been adversely affected by insurgency and banditry activities, especially in the northern part, where bandits have taken over farmlands; cultivated farmlands and agricultural produce are burnt and destroyed.

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