Nigeria losing N3.5 trillion annually to post-harvest losses
The Federal Government has disclosed that the total cost of post-harvest losses in Nigeria’s agriculture industry is N3.5 trillion.
This was disclosed by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mustapha Shehuri, at a presentation of the International Standard Organisation (ISO) Certification for Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute in Abuja.
He also added that for fruits and vegetables, losses could be as high as 50 – 60%.
What the minister is saying
The Minister represented by Mr Shehu Bello, the Director, Lands and Climate Change Management Services in the ministry, said, “Post-harvest losses is a worrisome situation that threatens Nigeria’s Food Security.
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“In fruits and vegetables, it could be as high as 50 – 60% if poorly managed, unfortunately not much attention is paid to address this problem as much as it is done for production.
”The economic cost of post-harvest losses as reported by our partner, Action Aid indicates that N3.5 trillion is lost annually due to post-harvest losses. This has a negative effect on agricultural component Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He added that ISO 1705 accreditation is proof that the Ministry now has a laboratory that is acceptable for quality management system in place with the ability and competence to provide testing and calibration results.
”Let me also remind you that this accreditation is not for life and could be withdrawn for any stretch of sub-standard practice, hence the institute must sustain, maintain, and improve on the service delivery.
“The Federal Ministry of Agriculture will continue to support and ensure that this institute and indeed other research institutes are regularly funded to execute their mandates.”
What you should know
Nigeria’s agriculture sector grew by 3.16% (year-on-year) in real terms in the first quarter of 2022, a decrease of 0.42% points from the preceding quarter which recorded a growth rate of 3.58%.
The sector grew by 11.55% year-on-year in nominal terms in Q1 2022, showing a fall of 3.59% points from the same quarter of 2021. It also contributed 22.36% to overall GDP in real terms in Q1 2022 higher than the contribution in the first quarter of 2021, and lower than the fourth quarter of 2021 which stood at 22.35% and 26.84%.
In June, Nigeria’s Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed said that the Federal Government plans to invest heavily in all aspects of the agricultural value chain to ensure adequate and quality data for successful policies in the agricultural sector.
The Minister stated that the agriculture sector was important to the Federal Government which was why President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had invested heavily in it since 2015, citing that the investment was aimed at increasing output in the entire value chain to meet the country’s demand for food, export and employment.