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NASRE Urges Government Action On Food Crisis, Forex Shortage Amidst Import Ban Debates

ByHybrid News

Feb 23, 2024

Amidst a mounting food crisis and a foreign exchange (forex) shortage, the Nigerian Association of Social and Resourceful Editors (NASRE) has issued advice to the federal government (FG) on navigating the complex challenges at hand. The nation grapples with adverse weather conditions, supply chain disruptions, and other factors contributing to a significant strain on households and exacerbating vulnerability in marginalized communities.

The ongoing debate over whether to open Nigeria’s borders for importation has intensified as the nation seeks solutions to the pressing issues of food security and forex shortage. The food crisis has raised concerns about access to essential nutrition for millions of citizens, while the forex shortage hampers the importation of vital goods and raw materials, affecting various industries and impeding economic growth.

Stakeholders advocating for open borders argue that increased importation could alleviate immediate food shortages, stabilize prices, and provide relief to vulnerable populations. However, critics caution against potential risks, emphasizing the importance of domestic production and self-sufficiency.

In response to these challenges, NASRE suggests collaborative efforts involving policymakers, industry stakeholders, civil society organizations, and international partners to identify holistic solutions. The association acknowledges the complexity of the issue and urges the government to balance short-term relief efforts with long-term strategies for sustainable development.

Mr. Femi Oyewale, President of NASRE, underscores the need for coordinated action and innovative thinking. He acknowledges the complexity of the decision to open borders for food importation, emphasizing the importance of considering domestic agricultural capacity. Oyewale states, “If domestic production is insufficient to meet demand, importing food may be necessary to avoid shortages.”

On the economic implications, he notes the potential positive and negative impacts, emphasizing the need to evaluate subsidies, tariffs, and investment in agricultural infrastructure. NASRE encourages the government to develop a robust domestic agricultural sector to ensure long-term food security and reduce vulnerability to global market fluctuations.

The association further highlights environmental concerns associated with long-distance food transportation and advocates for policies promoting local production to reduce the carbon footprint. NASRE emphasizes that government decisions should prioritize ensuring access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food for all citizens, particularly those vulnerable to food insecurity.

In conclusion, NASRE suggests a balanced approach that supports both domestic production and responsible trade practices to address immediate food shortages while promoting long-term food security and sustainability. The association’s guidance comes at a crucial time as the Nigerian government grapples with decisions to navigate the interconnected challenges of the food crisis and forex shortage.

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