Warn­ings about De­cline in Food Sup­ply

THISDAY - - RING TRUE -

Nige­ri­ans are al­ready pay­ing more for staple food be­cause warn­ings about drop in food sup­ply were never en­gaged. Re­call that FSDH Mer­chant Bank an­a­lysts warned that the coun­try risks fur­ther de­cline in food sup­ply, which could lead to up­surge in food prices if the herds­men/ farm­ers clashes across the coun­try re­main unchecked. The report stated: “FSDH Re­search ob­serves that the agri­cul­tural GDP growth rate in first quar­ter (Q1’ 2018) recorded the low­est growth rate in the last 18 quar­ters since 2014. The in­se­cu­rity chal­lenges in the food pro­duc­ing states in the coun­try may be re­spon­si­ble for this de­vel­op­ment. If the trend con­tin­ues, food sup­ply may drop lead­ing to es­ca­lat­ing prices. Thus, both lo­cal and im­ported food prices may place up­ward pres­sure on in­fla­tion rate.”

Amnesty In­ter­na­tional gave a sim­i­lar warn­ing, stat­ing that thou­sands of farm­ers had been pushed out of their farms by ram­pag­ing herders, thus putting Nige­ria’s food se­cu­rity at risk. Prior to all these warn­ings, prices of staple food had been on the rise due to dwin­dling sup­ply. Just check out the prices of es­sen­tials like Beans, Rice, Gari, Se­movita, Yam, Plan­tain and Maize, and you will un­der­stand what I am talk­ing about. Most fam­i­lies across our coun­try are strug­gling to feed twice a day. The resur­gence in at­tacks by herders has com­pounded the food sup­ply chal­lenges. A re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment would have en­gaged all these warn­ings a long time ago. Un­for­tu­nately, right now, we don’t have a re­spon­si­ble gov­ern­ment in Nige­ria.

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