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Nigerian growers lost 80% crop yield to pests and diseases in 2022

According to a recent report by National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLs), Nigerian farmers suffered about 80% crop losses in 2022 due to pests and diseases. The crops affected most include; maize, rice, sorghum, millet, soybean, groundnut, cowpea in 33 states, also including root and tubers, fruit and vegetables and tree crops.

The 2022 Wet Season Agricultural Performance Survey in Nigeria also shows that Abia, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Ekiti, FCT, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa  Osun, Plateau and Rivers states recorded more than 20% post-harvest crop losses.

The report said the majority of farmers had to purchase their farm inputs from the open markets at higher prices in 2022 than those of 2021.


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