Nigeria Secures AfDB $134m Loan To Boost Wheat Production In 14 States

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Bank (AfDB)to boost wheat production, the
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Muhammad Mahmoud, disclosed this.

He explained that the aim was to save the country from acute scarcity of wheat, whose demand and price had gone high because of the Russia-Ukraine war.

The minister noted that with 250,000 farmers cultivating 250,000 hectares in the 2022 dry season, the initiative would raise wheat production to 750,000 metric tonnes.

The minister said the federal government had deployed 5,000 agro rangers drawn from the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps to protect farmers facing security challenges.

He added that government was also strengthening the financing institutional base for effective development, maintenance and management of rural roads network.

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