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Monday, June 18, 2012

Nigeria: Expert attributes food price hike to Boko Haram insurgence

Market women selling farm produce
The Technical Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, Dr. Tony Egba said the activities of the Boko Haram sect in Nigeria are responsible for the rise in food price in the northern part of the country.
NaijaAgroNet gathered that Dr. Egba said, fears arising from the activities of the sect have resulted in transporters avoiding some areas in the north.
He also said that Nigerians’ involvement in subsistence farming was also responsible for the low food productivity and that the minister planned to change this.
The change, he said would come through the encouragement of mecahnised farming to boost food production.
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