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Why There Is Food Scarcity -Buhari

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Muhammadu Buhari says middlemen are responsible for the hike in the prices of food items.

Buhari disclosed this on Friday during his nationwide address to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary.

According to him, middlemen have created “artificial shortages” by hoarding essential commodities for profiteering.

Buhari stated that the agricultural sector is instrumental to the country’s economic diversification as agriculture is a consistent driver of the non-oil sector.

 “The agricultural sector remains key to our economic diversification efforts as the sector has been a consistent driver of the non-oil sector contributing 22.35% and 23.78% to the overall GDP in the first and second quarter of 2021,” the president said.

“We have seen significant private sector investments in almost all areas of the agricultural value chain. And these have continued even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Unfortunately, as our food production capacity has increased, food prices have been going up due to artificial shortages created by middlemen who have been buying and hoarding these essential commodities for profiteering.

“To address this, I am hereby directing the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to rehabilitate the National Food Reserve Agency and also work with security agencies, the Nigerian commodity exchange, and the national assembly to find a lasting solution to these disruptive and unpatriotic hoarding activities.”

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