- Audu Ogbeh states that poor storage facilities across the country is the reason why so much food gets wasted
- According to the agriculture minister, 30% to 40% of some of the food produced in Nigeria are eventually wasted
- He advocated more exports as a means of preventing wastage and increasing revenue
Audu Ogbeh, the minister of agriculture and rural development, has stated that Nigeria produces more food than can be consumed by its people.
Ogbeh made his comments while flagging off the Nigeria Yam Export programme on Thursday, June 29.
According to the minister, a huge chunk of the food gets wasted due to poor storage facilities across the country.
While lamenting over the country’s poor preservation capacity, Ogbeh pointed out that one of the ways Nigeria can prevent food wastage is through exports.
Ogbeh also stressed the need for Nigeria to begin to earn more foreign exchange by exporting yam.
In his words: “There is really no shortage, new yams will be here in two weeks.
“The old stock is still there everywhere and people in the market are getting worried that new yams will come and nobody will touch the old ones.”
“We actually over produce food here (in Nigeria), 30% to 40% of some of the food we produce is wasted because of poor preservation capacity.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Ogbeh, the minister of Agriculture said a container of yams will soon leave the shores of Nigeria for the European continent.
Specifically, the minister said the container will leave the country on the 29th of June this year.
He disclosed this during an interaction with journalists while giving the scorecard of his ministry since the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government took over power two years ago.
Watch this NAIJ.com video of Ebonyi state, Nigeria and West Africa's food capital: