The Federal Government will soon inaugurate a joint task force to ensure unrestricted movement of farm produce across Nigeria.
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, made this known in a 10-point communiqué issued at the end of a meeting on Emergency Response to COVID-19 in Abuja.
The meeting was attended by the Ministers of Defence, Interior and Police Affairs, Bashir Magaji, Rauf Aregbesola and Mohammed Dingyadi, respectively, among other stakeholders.
Nanono said it was resolved that law enforcement agents under the guidance of the four ministries would set up joint technical task team to draw guidelines for proper operation.
According to him, the guidelines will ensure proper operation of grains markets, livestock and poultry markets and dealers and sellers of agriculture inputs during the pandemic.
He also noted that the ministry of agriculture would work with various farmers’ associations, crop producers association, poultry associations and tractor services associations.