Maize Pyramids in Nigeria

The groundnut pyramids used to be popular  in Kano city of  (northern Nigeria) and proudly pointed out to visitors. Today, we no longer see such and they seem to have become a thing of the past. However, the Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN )has set a new goal for its member states to build Maize pyramids to ensure food security for the nation.

One of the trends in Nigeria are memes around theories on why egg has become expensive lately. Some people couldn’t understand the cause of this. Although many had been informed that the price of corn had skyrocketed, they didn’t comprehend the consequences.

Maize also known as Corn is a staple food with numerous uses, and all parts of it are useful. From its cob to its leaves; corn serves as food for man (from cereals like Cornflakes and Golden Morn to bakers produce) and its by-product serves in the production of feed for livestock (and chickens which lay eggs are among). Its many other functions result in it being referred to as ‘Yellow Gold’ in some developed countries. That is why the increase in the cost of corn caused a ripple effect in the change of price in many household and livestock items.

There is good news. Recently, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, started on moves to crash the price of corn in a bid to make it more affordable. From the Anchor Borrowers Programme (ABP) reserves, he intends to release about 300,000 metric tonnes of maize into the market. 

Mr. Godwin Emefiele further plans to check critical stakeholders by working in line with government bodies in order to put a halt to the forces manipulating the market and creating artificial scarcity of the product that has caused the hike in its market price.

A fact to note about corn is that it can grow almost anywhere and it is useful not only in Nigeria. This begs the question: why is the bulk of corn used in our country imported instead of grown for home use and exportation when Nigeria has supple lands? 

In order to increase the growth of corn in Nigeria, the Maize Association of Nigeria (MAAN) has crafted the first national maize pyramid in Nigeria; an event is open for the public at the Katsina Town Ship Stadium on the 6th of May, 2021. The program kicks off at 10 am, with activities for 2021 wet season farming. Dignitaries such as the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the governor of Kebbi State, Alh. Abubakar Atiku, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, is set to attend the event.

It is with this flagship program, MAAN expects the same level of commitment for corn harvest from other state chapters. 

 

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