Nigeria’s Annual maize demand increases to over 7m metric tones – FG

By on September 13, 2017

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, said on Tuesday that Nigeria’s estimated annual demand for maize was almost eight million tonnes.

Mrs Karima Babangida, Director, Federal Department of Agricultural Extension, said this at a seven-day training workshop for women on modern skills of maize production, processing and marketing.

The training, held at the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Zaria, was organised by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development toward actualising the diversification drive of the Federal Government.

The director, who spoke through Mrs Sugra Mahmud, an Assistant Director, said the annual supply/production of maize was put at between 7 million and 7.2 million tonnes.

According to her, the shortfall is being bridged by import, which depletes Nigeria’s foreign reserve and exports the much-needed jobs to other countries.

“This is a situation that is unacceptable and inimical to our economic development as a nation.

“Therefore, there is a huge market opportunity that can absorb additional local production.”

Babangida explained that the training was in line with the present administration’s efforts at addressing the problem of unemployment in the country.

The director observed that the scourge of unemployment had not only become a major threat to the quality of life, but also adversely affected daily activities as well as security of lives and property.

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