Food task force in Nigeria!

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The Federal Government has explained that the inter-ministerial task force set up to address causes for the continuous increase in food prices was not meant to discourage farmers in the country.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh, who told newsmen in Abuja  that it was aimed at balancing and equalising food prices across the country was reacting to some media reports that the idea was anti-farmers.

He said it was rather intended to ease the transportation of agricultural goods from one place to another, given that high cost of transportation is a major cause of price increases.

 Meanwhile, reactions have continued to trail the action of the federal government in setting up a price regulating task force.

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The Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership (CACOL) has described the setting up of a task force on food security by the Federal Government as a “superfluous and extraneous step”.

Speaking through its Executive Chairman, Debo Adeniran, the centre said the step has revealed the insensibility of government to pains of the vast majority occasioned by the economic recession that has practically engulfed the country.

He said the setting up of the task force indicates that the government believes the populace are making fables out of their true situation of existence.

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