The Federal Government has revealed that it borrowed more than 5,000 metric tonnes of grain from ECOWAS to cater for Nigerians.

Mustapha Baba-Shehuri, Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, disclosed this on Monday.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development said this while reacting to the 3,999 tonnes of cereals contributed to Nigeria by ECOWAS.

Mustapha Baba-Shehuri said, “The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria loaned 5,000MT of assorted grains from ECOWAS Stock which was agreed to be paid back on grain for grain basis.

“Modalities had been put in place to replace the ECOWAS Stock before the advent of COVID-19 Pandemic. That notwithstanding, I can assure you that the stock will be replaced in due course.”

Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development said to fight the drought in the West African Sub-region, the Heads of Government of ECOWAS member states took decision to inaugurates a Regional Food Security Reserve (RFSR) Programme.

He said, “This includes keeping a substantial quantity of food in her Food Reserve that can be used for interventions in case of emergencies and to boost food security within the ECOWAS member States."

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