A 13 billion intervention plan has been approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
This huge amount will be used for pest control in 12 states in the north of Nigeria aimed at reducing the adverse impact of Coronavirus on Nigeria’s food sector.
This was announced by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in a recent statement.
According to the Minister, Alhaji Muhammad Nanono, the intervention fund was to ensure that all agricultural services were uninterrupted during the 2020 farming season in these states.
Additionally, he revealed that these funds to the states will also be used to control trans-boundary pests.
The funds will also be used to minimise the impact of Coronavirus and will also guarantee nutritional and national food security.
The statement further revealed that the Federal Government is fully aware of various reports on desert locust outbreaks in East Africa and the Middle East and this makes it very possible for a spillover of locust swarms into Nigerian and the whole of West Africa.