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Nigeria attributes high food prices to delay harvest, Covid-19, hike in transport fare

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By Samuel Bankole

Nigeria has attributed the current high prices of food in the country to the impact of the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic which forced many farmers from going to cultivate their farms early and the consequent delay in harvest.

At the meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a presentation was made on the current food price situation in the country and reasons were adduced for the situation.

The presentation showed that food prices have changed between September and November involving commodities in Lagos and a few randomly selected states.

The report stated that delay in going out to farm, which translates to delay in harvesting courtesy of COVID19 pandemic impact food prices.

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Other factors include the EndSARS protest stalled food transportation and delivery and in some instances destroyed food stores.

“Banditry in the northwest effectively preventing farmers from harvesting fields cultivated, farmers/herders conflict destroyed farm produce in some states and the increased in the cost of transportation, the report noted.

The NEC resolved that states and the federal government should adopt urgent measures including social protection schemes to deal with the situation.

“The FG will also pursue the implementation of its ESP -Agric plan and others to positively improve the situation in the sector.”

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