President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that his government shut the country’s borders for two years to protect Nigerian farmers.
The President made this known as the President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Dr. Akinwumi Adesina disclosed that the bank has earmarked $1.5 billion Africa Emergency Food Plan to cushion the effect of the Russia/Ukraine conflict expected to trigger global food crisis.
President Buhari was speaking at a meeting with Dr. Akinwumi Adesina in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He explained that much had been achieved in encouraging local farmers since the land borders were closed two years ago.
He commended the Africa Development Bank for planning ahead of whatever negative consequences might come from the Russia/Ukraine conflict in terms of food security.
In his remarks, the AfDB President who is also a former Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, said in the wet season of 2022, at least five million smallholder farmers would be helped to cultivate one million hectares of maize, one million hectares of rice, and 250,000 hectares of sorghum and soybeans, respectively.
He added that the support of the institution will help Nigeria to produce 9.5 million metric tons of food. States that will benefit from the assistance include Kano, Ogun, Oyo, Kaduna, Imo, Cross River, and the Federal Capital Territory.