ABUJA, Nigeria – The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Nanono on Monday said there is no hunger in Nigeria and the nation has enough food to feed itself.
Nanono, who disclosed this while addressing journalists on the occasion of the World Food Day in Abuja, said he is always amused when he hears people complaining of hunger in Nigeria.
“I think so long as these bordering countries do not respect our protocols on these very important issues of bringing food into Nigeria, border closure will remain.
“I think we are producing enough to feed ourselves. I think there is no hunger in Nigeria; there could be inconveniences. When people talk about hunger in this country, I just laugh because they don’t know hunger.
“You need to go to some other countries to know what hunger is.
“If you say I miss my breakfast and I get lunch and dinner, then that is all right… part of the problem of overweight is not necessarily the issue of a balanced diet, but some of us stay put without knowing that Nigeria used to be a former zone for migration in sub-Sahara Africa,” he said.
According to Mr Nanono, the policy of the government is to produce and feed ourselves and in the process, create the process to empower people.
The Minister also predicted that Nigerian farmers would witness bumper harvest this year, regardless of the flood that ravaged some states.
He also gave assurance that Nigeria would be self-sufficient in food production and even export food to other countries in no distant time.