FG Dismisses Report Of Famine In Northeast

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Updated February 5, 2017

Benue Police Challenge Farmers, Herdsmen On Agatu Peace DealThe Federal Government has assured residents in the northeast that the prediction of famine in the region in 2017 is not true.

Speaking to journalists in Abuja, the Minister Of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, explained that although there could be food shortage in some states as a result of the northeast insurgency, that would however not lead to famine in the country.

Referring to states such as Borno and Yobe, the minister said: “neither the devastation in the north-eastern states nor farmers and herdsmen clashes in Kaduna state is likely to lead to famine and starvation in the country.

Meanwhile, it can be recalled that the Famine Early Warning System Network, an agency supported by the United States Agency for International Development had predicted famine in the northeast because the Boko haram insurgence had prevented the people from farming over the past five years.

According to the report, the rampage of Boko Haram insurgents contributed negatively to market activity and normal livelihoods for Nigerians.