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.