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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Muhammad Sabo Nanono, yesterday said the federal government planned to ban the importation of milk within the next two years.
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The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Muhammad Sabo Nanono, yesterday said the federal government planned to ban the importation of milk within the next two years.

He also said the country has become Africa’s largest producer of rice and the largest producer of cassava in the world, pointing out that a range of policies and initiatives had been put in place to strengthen the rice and cassava value chains going forward.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja at a press briefing to commemorate the 2020 World Food Day celebration, he said the livestock industry had an asset base of nearly N33 trillion that must not be allowed to waste.

“We are planning in this ministry and watch my words, in the next two years we will ban the importation of milk into this country. And ask me why: we have 25 million cows in this country to produce five million litres per day. “The issue is now logistics, which we have started by setting up milk processing plants across the country. I see no reason why we should import milk in the next two years. W should stop the importation of milk”.

He also said fish importation will also be considered for an outright ban.

Also commenting on concerns about the increasing prices of food commodities in the country, Nanono said, “In the next two, three months, most of the prices will level off to a more comfortable level adding that the price of Milled rice is expected to reduce to between N14,000 and N15,000.

He said: “We anticipated the reduction in the price of rice.”

The minister said since the beginning of the 2020 farming season, the ministry had distributed inputs in all the states of the federation to boost food production.

The minister said last year, the country recorded a boost in the production of major staple crops, pointing out that maize and rice production rose from 12.8 million metric tonnes (MMT) and 12.3MMT to 13.94MMT and 14.28 MMT respectively.

He added that cassava production also increase from 58.47 MMT in 2018 to 73.91MMT- and further projected to rise to 93.6MMT by 2023.

He said growth had also been recorded for groundnut, tomatoes, and sorghum production adding that cattle beef, milk and fish production also rose by 166 per cent, 146 per cent and 11 per cent respectively between 2018 and 2019.

Nanono maintained that significant progress had also been made to improve agricultural productivity since the inception of the present administration.

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