NFRA BACKGROUND

Report
NATIONAL FOOD RESERVE
AGENCY (NFRA)
Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water
Resources
By Dr. M. I. Lawal, Coordinating Director, NFRA
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Silo Complex
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NFRA BACKGROUND
• The National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) is a
Parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture &
Water Resources (FMAWR).
• NFRA was set up to address key issues and constraints
relating to agricultural production, processing, storage
and marketing.
• NFRA emanated from the merger of the following
former departments/divisions of the FMAWR:
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Projects Coordinating Unit (PCU),
Strategic Grains Reserve (SGR),
Fertilizer department,
Cooperatives department, and
FDA’s Engineering / Mechanization and Post -Harvest Technology
divisions.
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NFRA VISION
• To ensure sustainable access, availability and
affordability of quality food to all Nigerians
and for Nigeria to become a significant net
provider of food to the global community
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NFRA MISSION
• In the short term, to significantly improve
Nigeria’s agricultural productivity;
• In the medium term, to expand and improve
large scale production, storage/processing
capacity as well as required infrastructure to
achieve food stability;
• In the long term, to achieve national food
sufficiency and derive over 50% of the nation’s
foreign exchange through agricultural export.
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NFRA Management Structure
• Presently, the Acting Executive Officer of the Agency is a
Coordinating Director, who reports to the Honourable
Minister of Agriculture & Water Resources through the
Permanent Secretary.
• The six Departments of the Agency are:
- Food Reserve & Storage (FRS);
- Agro-Processing & Marketing (APM);
- International Collaboration & Partnership (ICP);
- Agric Production & Inputs Services (APIS);
- Cooperatives Development;
- Finance & Accounts; and
- Administration.
• The Agency’s operations are decentralised with Regional
Offices in each geo-political zone. The Regional offices have
closer linkage with the states, Local Governments and the
farmers.
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Functions of the Food Reserve &
Storage Dept
• Operating the strategic food reserve stock
• Establishment, operation and maintenance of
storage facilities
• Operating the Guaranteed Minimum Price
(GMP) mechanism
• Management and distribution of food
commodities
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Functions of the Agro-Processing &
Marketing Dept
• Development of cottage industries
• Development of agro-industrial parks
• Development of value-added products and market for
agricultural produce
• Development & management of export conditioning and
processing centres in partnership with the private sector
• Operation of quality control services to ensure compliance
with international export standards
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Functions of the International
Collaboration & Partnership Dept
• Collaborating with national and international agencies in
implementing projects for Nigeria’s agricultural development
• Coordinating the projects sponsored by donors (World Bank,
AfDB, IsDB, FAO, etc) to ensure household and national food
security, poverty alleviation and livelihood improvement in
Nigeria
• Providing planning, monitoring & evaluation support for
efficient and effective implementation of the donor projects
as well as the home grown National Programme for Food
Security (NPFS).
• Facilitation of linkage between farmers, State ADPs and
agricultural research and training institutions.
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Functions of the APIS Dept:
Fertilizer Services
• Fertilizer quality control & regulation to foster
growth in the sub-sector
• Support of fertilizer specific extension packages
• Providing national/international fertilizer market
data and information
• Linkage with private sector fertilizer plant investors
and encouragement of local blending plants
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Functions of the APIS Dept:
Tractorization
• Facilitating farm mechanisation by
assisting farmers to have access to
tractors and other farm machinery
through Public Private Partnership (PPP)
arrangements
• Supporting extension packages on agricultural
mechanization
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Functions of the Finance &
Accounts Dept
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Operating the Agency’s annual budget
Management of assets and inventories
Preparation of final accounts
Carrying out general financial management of
the Agency
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Functions of the Administration
Dept
• Carrying out personnel management and
general services functions
• Taking charge of training and human resources
development of the Agency
• Development of staff welfare
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NFRA ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2009
• 63,859.27mt of assorted grains were procured out of the
124,000mt targeted (51.5% achievement).
• Contract s for procurement of additional 170,000mt of
assorted commodities awarded and supplies in progress
• 25,000mt of assorted food commodities were distributed
• 612 unemployed youths were trained and have completed
their internship on various enterprises including poultry
production, crop/ honey production and agro-processing.
• The construction of 75 units of 2,000mt -capacity community
warehouses 48 units have been completed.
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NFRA ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2009
CONT’D
• 11No existing silo complexes including the plants and ancillary
equipment were maintained.
• Construction of 20 additional silo complexes were
commenced nation wide during the year.
• The establishment of two agro-processing estates in the
country is in progress.
• Work is progressing in the nationwide establishment of 17No
rice processing mills of 40mt capacity each.
• Investors were selected and mobilized for the establishment
of 6No export crop handling, preservation and conditioning
centres nationwide.
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NFRA ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2009 CONT’D
• The FMAWR through NFRA promoted the use of
certified seeds by farmers in order to improve
productivity. In the 2009 cropping season, over
1,300mt of certified seeds of rice, maize, sorghum,
millet, cowpea, soyabean and beniseed were
supplied by accredited seed companies to the 37
ADPs and sold to farmers at 50% subsidy.
• 5No Agricultural Seed Centres were established
under the build, operate and own (BOO) model of
public private partnership (PPP) initiative.
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NFRA ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2009 CONT’D
• Agricultural Production Survey results by the State ADPs were
compiled and published by the agency.
• The results of the surveys conducted by the State ADPs and
analysed by the Agency in 2009 indicated that in 2008, the
land area cultivated to cassava by small holder farmers
increased by about 10 percent when compared to the
3.26million hectares in 2007. However, the yields of most
crops by the small holder farmers did not increase appreciably
when compared with that of the preceding years.
• Also, on commodity market prices, the differences in the
market prices of most commodities between 2008 and 2009
were generally not more than 20%.
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NFRA ACHIEVEMENTS IN 2009
CONT’D
• Under the tractorisation programme, the FGN
subsidizes the cost of a tractor to the tune of
25%; State government
15%; and the
beneficiaries 60%.
• Contracts for the supply 2,600 units of tractors
and implements was awarded in 2009
• 692 units
of tractors and implements
delivered.
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CHALLENGES
• Inadequate office accommodation adversely
affected staff productivity
• Delay in the passage of the bill setting up the
Agency by the National Assembly adversely
affected staff morale and productivity
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CONCLUSION
NFRA activities are generally focused on hunger and poverty
reduction in line with the MDG and government
objectives/policy thrusts related to wealth creation, healthy
livelihood of the Nigerian citizenry and youth employment,
among others. The Agency is determined to do more in
addressing the full value chain approach to induce the
competitiveness of the agricultural sector in Nigeria.
In order to improve on the achievements recorded so far, funds
should be released on time to enhance prompt execution
of the planned activities/ projects.
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THANK YOU!
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