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FG Initiates Food Distribution, Agricultural Support Programs

Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, on Monday addressed attendees at a reception hosted by the Kaduna State Chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). At the event, he revealed that President Bola Tinubu has authorized the release of 42,000 metric tonnes of maize, millet, and other grains from Nigeria’s Strategic Grain Reserves for distribution to vulnerable populations nationwide, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Idris highlighted the recent launch of distribution efforts in Sokoto and praised agricultural achievements in states like Kebbi and Jigawa. He emphasized the federal government’s commitment to supporting agricultural initiatives across Nigeria.

Furthermore, the minister announced collaboration with rice millers to release up to 60,000 metric tonnes of rice into the market, aimed at enhancing food availability and affordability.

Idris also disclosed a $134 million financing support from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to bolster food production in Nigeria, particularly through dry season farming. This funding is part of broader efforts to stimulate agricultural productivity and ensure food security in the country.

The government’s initiatives underscore a concerted effort to address food insecurity and promote sustainable agricultural practices, aligning with broader development goals for Nigeria’s agricultural sector.

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