Friday 31st March, 2017
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FG has no plan to buy grains from hoarders - Lokpobiri

FG has no plan to buy grains from hoarders - Lokpobiri

The Federal Government through the Minister of State, Ministry of Agri­culture and Rural Develop­ment, Senator Heineken Lok­pobiri has warned individuals who subscribe to hoarding grains with the intention of selling at exorbitant prices to the government that it has no plans to buy back from third party adding that such indi­viduals do so at their own risk.
 
The Minister also appealed to such individuals to, in the spirit of enhancing the na­tions agricultural sector’s self-sufficiency policy, put out these grains and make them available for consumers than hoarding them in conditions that will affect their quality and eventual loss of the grains and their monetary value.
 
In a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Lere Adams, Senator Lopkobiri confirmed government’s determination to ensure that the country at­tains self-sufficiency in grain production.
 
To achieve this desire, the present administration through the Ministry of Ag­riculture and Rural Develop­ment has put several measures in place with the provision of high breed seeds and other relevant farm inputs are also within the reach of farmers.
 
He added that the Ministry is also engaged and committed to all-year-round agriculture including dry season farming and also through increased in­vestment in irrigation.
 
It will be recalled that in a move to ensure that the coun­try does not experience a short supply of grains in the new year, the federal government had in 2016, initiated a buy back policy that will see the purchase and storage of ex­cess grains from farmers.

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