The Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, has blamed hike in food prices and unavailability of food items on smuggling and sundry activities to other neighbouring countries.


Kyari while addressing members of the House of Representatives during the sectoral debate on agriculture and food security, stated that an active war must be waged against smuggling, to ensure that Nigerians get appropriate supplies as required.


Meanwhile, Comptroller General of Customs Service, Adewale Adeniyi, said that the Nigeria Customs Service has commenced the sale of seized food items to vulnerable Nigerians to address hunger across the country.


Adeniyi further explained that President Bola Tinubu has directed that food items produced in Nigeria and seized at the Nigerian land borders be sold directly to vulnerable Nigerians to ease the challenge of hunger in the country.


He however promised that concerned stakeholders will collaborate to immediately tackle food shortage, hike in price, smuggling and sabotage.



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