The Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele says Nigeria is targeting to attain self-sufficiency in maize production by 2022.
Emefiele made the disclosure on Thursday in Katsina at the launch of the 2021 maize wet season farming and first maize pyramid in Nigeria.
He said that the country has witnessed remarkable increase in maize production during the past six years with support of the Anchor Borrower Programme.
Emefiele said that the CBN would support farmers to cultivate over 500,000 hectares of maize in 2021, through the anchor borrower programme.
The CBN governor said that would be achieved through synergy between stakeholders and the resilience of farmers.
“This event symbolises our commitment towards enabling self sufficiency in maize production by 2022 in Nigeria,” he stressed, adding that maize was one of the priority crops under the anchor borrower programme.
He said that Nigeria, with a population of about 200 million people, must end food import which has continued to drain the country’s external reserve, creating unemployment and disruption in commodity value chain.
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