Nigeria loses 50% annual crop production to pests —FG

Nigeria loses 50 per cent of its annual crop production to the damages of pests, the Federal Government announced on Monday.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammed Mahmood, announced this in Abuja at a press conference organised by the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service to mark the International Day of Plant Health.

He said, “We must take plant health seriously because plants are in constant danger of attack by viruses, bacteria, nematodes, insects, aphids and fungi.

“These plant health threats undermine food security and increase the vulnerability of livelihoods dependent on crop value chains.

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