The National Economic Council -NEC has cited the restrictive effect of the novel Coronavirus and the recent #EndSARS protest and the violent activities that trailed as some of the factors responsible for rising prices of food items.
This was part of the report presented to the Council by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Agriculture, Andrew Kwasari during a virtual NEC meeting, chaired by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.
According to the report, the COVID-19 scenario delayed annual planting and harvesting, while the #EndSARS crisis reportedly stalled food transportation and delivery, as well as widespread looting and destruction of food stores.
Besides the two factors, the report also cited the security breaches in the northwest, which had largely prevented farmers access to their farms; the ceaseless clashes between farmers and herders, which saw to the destruction of farm produce in some states; and the rising cost of transportation.
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