Approximately 47 percent of Nigerian growers have no access to any kind of storage facilities during the harvest. This was disclosed in a report by SBM Intel, a geopolitical research and strategic communications consulting firm. The report is titled: “Nigerians just want to eat: Analysis of Farmers and Food Transporters challenges likely to impede National Food Security.”
It claims that ‘Agricultural products are easily perishable while production remains seasonal, and demand for farm produce is present throughout the year. In our survey, almost half (47%) of the farmers interviewed had no access to any kind of storage facilities. The lack of storage facilities contributes to post-harvest losses which could get as high as 60 percent for tubers, fruits and vegetables.’
SBM Intel added that lack of storage, however, was not the only factor contributing to losses, as some losses occurred during harvests and ‘others occur while the commodities are in transit, during offloading (due to poor handling), and in varying degrees in the entire process from farm to fork’.
According to the report, for Nigeria to avert a food security catastrophe, federal and state governments need to prevent ‘even higher food prices across the country through various short and long-term measures’.
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