Neighboring countries such as Niger, Chad, Libya and Algeria have reportedly invaded Nigerian markets buying up grains in anticipation of 2017 famine.
Reports say over 500 trucks laden with grains leave Nigerian markets every week to these neighboring countries.
Hon. Danburan Abubakar Nuhu, a member of the House of Representatives who represents Kano Municipal Federal Constituency of Kano State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday alerted the house on the development.
Hon. Nuhu, called for both federal and state governments to buy the grains now at the local markets and store them in the case of an impending food scarcity next year.
Nuhu stressed that it was critical for government to make adequate preparations to cushion the effects of the forecast for a 2017 famine so that the masses will not suffer unduly.
The House of Representatives has mandated its committee on Agricultural production and services to urgently investigate the looming food scarcity, with the view to ensuring that the Ministry of Agriculture synergized efforts with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs to develop an action plan to avert the unhealthy competition of export at the expense of local demand and a possible 2017 famine.
A few weeks back, the Presidency through the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu made a worrying forecast in a radio interview in Kano, claiming a period of famine might be on the horizon.
He said huge demands for our grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian grains across Nigerian borders and unless curtailed, Nigerian markets will be bereft of food by January next year.
In September, the United Nations also warned that Nigeria was on the brink of a famine which is unlike any ever seen anywhere.
A famine early next year might truly be inevitable because on the account of incessant attacks by herdsmen, planting of grains and tubers have been disrupted in several parts of Nigeria.
Benue state, which is justifiably one of the nation’s food baskets had suffered unprecedented disruption in this year’s farming, leaving thousands of farmers reluctant to go back to farm for fear of attacks.