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The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has said the country is food sufficient, noting that the prices of foodstuff will crash soonest.

This assurance came from the Ministry’s Director of Projects Maimuna Habib on Thursday in Abuja against the backdrop of the 2019 World Food Day.

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”We have attained food sufficiency; all we need to do is to blow our trumpet because no foreigner will tell anybody what is happening in the country,” she said.

“Looking at all that is happening in the agricultural sector, we have gone into value addition of all our commodities from the North to the South, all over the country we have added value to all our products.”

She noted that the closure of the country’s borders was done in the best interest of the nation.

According to her, “Most of the farmers are women and youths, we have trained them, we have empowered them and they are happy.

“When we bring imported food into the country our own foods go nowhere, there is no market for us but now there is a market, farmers are making more money.

“I am a farmer and I know how much I sold my maize and cowpea seeds recently.”

On the rising food prices following the closure, Habib assured that they “will soon crash; it’s just because people are feeling we do not have enough food to have closed the border, but we have enough food in the country.”

In August, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the partial closure of the nation’s borders to tackle smuggling and increase productivity.

But last week, the Controller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service Hammed Ali said the nation’s land borders will be closed to all forms of imports and exports until neighbouring countries agree on the kind of goods entering and leaving the country.

Following the closure, Nigeria’s inflation rose to 11.24%, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).