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Nigeria to save N431billion from ban on importation of wheat—- Akinwunmi

by Business News Report

AdesinaThe Federal Government has concluded plans to stop the importation of wheat into the country in order to create markets for farmers involved in the production of the grain.   The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina who made this known during the inaugural meeting of the Nigeria Agribusiness Group, NAG, weekend in Abuja said Nigeria would meet 68 per cent of its wheat needs by 2015. He said the efforts of government towards encouraging the substitution of wheat with high quality cassava flour is already yielding positive results as wheat imports to Nigeria declined from an all-time high of 4,051,000 MT in 2010 to 3,700,000 MT in 2012.

 “As we implement accelerated cassava flour production, with the installation of the industrial scale cassava flour plants, expand cassava production and deploy hundreds of compact modular milling systems, Nigeria’s dependency on imported wheat will decline even further” Dr. Adesina said the government is looking into the local production of wheat in the Northern part of Nigeria as he informed members of the group that the Lake Chad Research Institute of Nigeria has released new high yielding tropical and heat tolerant wheat varieties that can yield up to 6 tons per hectare. This, according to him, is about four times the yield of temperate wheat varieties used in Nigeria during the effort to produce wheat in the 1980s.

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