Prices of food items in Nigeria have soared since the nation’s economy slipped into recession in the second quarter of 2016.

Some of the challenges in the sectors have contributed to the increase.

Farm produce, in large amount, waste every year due to lack of storage and processing facilities.

That is one area that needs investment and some state governments are making efforts to check food wastage.  

The Nasarawa state government has announced plans to establish a food processing zone to mitigate post-harvest losses.

Governor Tank Al-Makura, on Tuesday received a preliminary report from the committee instituted for the project.

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He gave some insight into his plans while addressing members of the committee which made the submission in Lafia, the state capital.

“The establishment of the processing zone is to create the needed value chain activities in the agro-industrial sector as a prerequisite for security in the state.

“Our resolve on the project is informed by the quest to harness farm produce right from cultivation to consumption,” Al-Makura added.

He said large warehouses are being constructed across all local government areas in the state to store grains.

“Government will collaborate with farmers at all levels to buy up surplus crops harvest to avert wastage and even encourage farmers to produce more.

“The stored food will later be resold to the people at subsidized rate in an event of low crop yield, while some will be routed to the processing zone for value chain addition,” he said.