The Nigerian government has announced plans to review the current “unfavourable” import policy on staple food items such as rice, wheat and fish.
It however added that it would ensure the country was self- sufficient in food production before the restriction of the importation of these food items.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Sonny Echono, said this in Abuja during a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, Uju Hassan-Baba.
“The ministry would in the next three years seek the review of the current unfavourable policy by the Federal Government which allows the importation of staple food items such as rice, wheat and fish into the country.”
He also stressed the need to link Nigerian farmers to the market, adding that it was one of the critical factors that would determine productivity and incomes of farmers as well as promote exports through value addition.