The Federal Government has raised the alarm that the current inflation of food prices across the country may drive more Nigerians into the poverty, unless appropriate measures were taken.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, expressed this concern in Abuja at the national workshop on the applications of Juncao technology and its contribution to the achievement of sustainable agriculture and Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs in Nigeria.
The workshop, organised by the African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD), was supported by the National Engineering Research Center for Juncao Technology of the Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU) of China and Nigeria’s ministry of agriculture.
Speaking, the agriculture minister, however, stated that the rise in food prices was not peculiar to Nigeria but a global issue occasioned mainly by climate change. He explained that climate change had impacted negatively on agricultural production and was likely to pose grave threats to food security in the future. Represented by the Director, Federal Department of Agriculture, Abdullahi Abubakar, the minister said: “Food may become more expensive as climate change mitigation efforts increase energy prices.