COVID-19: Agric Workers Top Back-to-Work List – NBS

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that the Nigerian agricultural sector had the highest number of work returnees in July and August.

The Bureau said this increase was recorded mostly due to the start of the harvesting season this year.

NBS disclosed these in its fourth COVID-19 Impact Monitoring Report.

“Despite the fact that many non-farm family businesses have reopened since the start of the crisis, some of these businesses closed again between July and August,” it said.

For the livestock sub-sector, the report stated that over 54 per cent of households have kept livestock since mid-March of which about 36% were negatively affected by the pandemic.

Further, the report pointed out that livestock production activities in the country were affected in three core areas.

These are: access to feed (89% of households were affected), access to healthcare/drugs (79%), and access to input/output markets (82%).

The report also observed that more households resorted to the sale of livestock to cushion the effects of the pandemic.

“Overall, almost 29 per cent of livestock-owning households reported that they usually sell their livestock.

“This shift to livestock sales as a result of the coronavirus crisis was more prevalent among poorer households.

“Severe food insecurity is more prevalent than that reported in July/August 2018 during the first visit of the General Household Survey Panel,” the report read in part.

SOURCE: AGRONIGERIA

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