Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala has said that the quantity of food imported into the country on yearly basis has continued to drop.
The Minister revealed this in Abuja at the 2013 World Food Day talk show organised by Oxfam, an international confederation operating in Nigeria.
Speaking through her special assistant, Dr. Emmanuel Nwosu, Iweala noted that efforts by local farmers were beginning to yield meaningful results as most foods consumed in the country were produced locally.
According to her, the country is doing well in its effort to ensure food security, adding that one way to measure that in economics is to look at the amount of food import over the years.
“If you check the statistics, our food import is going down and this means that domestically, Nigeria has done quite well in covering up most of the imported food”
“What this translates into is that we are doing more in terms of food security” she stated.
The Minister who observed that the growing population in Africa led to food security problems also stated that it is important to inculcate into school children the importance of food security so that they will work on it when they grow.
While commending the effort of the organisers, the Minister said the programme will help infuse the right ideas in youths to strategise on how to solve the problem of food security.