There have been warnings from several quarters before now that there is a great possibility of food shortage in Nigeria this year.

And you certainly should get worried now because the warning is coming from the federal government this time.

According to the government, this is because recurring conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in some parts of the country, as well as the incidence of flooding, have affected agricultural production in the country.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udo Udoma, during a public presentation of the 2019 budget proposal, noted that this was why the sector recorded only 1.19% and 1.91% growth respectively, in the second and third quarters of 2018, against 3% growth in the first quarter.

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There had been a flash flood in the nation between June and October of last year, which affected farmlands and livestock in Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, Kebbi, Cross River and Jigawa states.

The clashes and flooding also took a toll on the production of exportable crops such as tobacco, cassava, oilseed, fruits, nuts and others which were relied on to earn foreign exchange by the government.

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