Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture Unveils Vision to Revolutionize Wheat Farming for Food Security

Kyari’s plan aims to transition the nation into complete self-sufficiency in wheat production within the next 4-5 years, heralding a significant stride towards food security. Speaking after an inspection of seed wheat production sites in Kano, Minister Kyari emphasized the importance of local production and declared a 50% subsidy for wheat farmers during the upcoming dry season farming. This move is expected to boost wheat grain production on a massive scale, both for local consumption and international export.


Nigeria’s Rising Food Prices Hit Nation’s Beloved Jollof Dish

Nigerians are being pinched by rising food prices where it hurts the most: Rice, the main ingredient for making jollof, a popular delicacy in many Nigerian homes, jumped 61% in September. A kilogram of the local variety of the ingredient sold for 757 naira in September from 471 naira a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Monday.

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Analysts see Nigeria’s 2023 grain production declining

Analysts at AFEX have predicted a decline in grain production in Africa’s most populous country in 2023 over the continuous surge in production costs and erratic climate conditions. They also forecasted that food inflation could further worsen in 2023, and household misery increase, as the production outlook of paddy rice, maize, sesame, and cocoa declined by an average of 11.5 percent in 2022/23 trading season. The forecast is contained in AFEX’s 2023 Annual Commodity Review and Outlook Report unveiled at a virtual meeting held recently.