Nigeria’s Domestic Wheat Plan Falters

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Enterprise Television- Nigeria’s Domestic Wheat Plan Falters

Nigeria’s old program to boost wheat production and reduce imports worth more than $4 billion a year has faltered with farmers cutting output.

According to Officials and farmers’ groups, this is due to soaring input costs, leaving foreign suppliers to meet rising domestic demand.

Head of Cereals Research at the Lake Chad Research Institute, Zakari Turaki, said the latest harvest is coming in slowly and output will drop in the current season.

Many farmers say that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari suspended a program to support strategic crops, including wheat subsidies, causing many of them to abandon the grain.

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