Nigeria: Russia-Ukraine Battle – Implications for Nigeria’s Wheat Importation

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The invasion of Ukraine by Russia might have an effect on Nigeria’s importation of wheat, a significant ingredient used for the manufacturing of a variety of meals together with bread, noodles, pasta, truffles and lots of extra.

Because the incursion of the Russian army on Ukraine, the worth of wheat has surged globally, exacerbating already excessive meals costs throughout the globe. Russia and Ukraine put collectively are answerable for about 14 per cent of worldwide wheat manufacturing and management about 29 per cent of all wheat exports.

Russia at present, is the highest exporter of wheat whereas Ukraine is among the many prime 5 exporter of wheat competing with Egypt, Bangladesh and Turkey.

In keeping with the Meals and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, the worth of a bushel of wheat rose by 5.7 per cent to $9.347 following the escalation of the warfare. The FAO additionally warned concerning the doable implications of the disaster for meals safety past the area, together with nations that rely to various levels on wheat sourced from that area.

The FAO predicted that disruptions to worldwide meals markets ensuing from the battle might doubtlessly put strain on import-reliant nations, particularly these already experiencing excessive ranges of meals insecurity or grappling with their very own meals crises.

Nigeria and different import-reliant nations, due to this fact, have two choices to both make investments massively in crucial infrastructure in states the place it has aggressive and comparative benefit to spice up wheat manufacturing or look elsewhere away from Russia and Ukraine to import wheat.

The Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS) acknowledged that Nigeria imported N898.2 billion price of wheat inside 9 months as at September 2021. The highest sources of wheat to Nigeria in 2021 have been USA, N194.2 billion; Canada, N136.4 billion, Russia, N124 billion, Lithuania, N122.3 billion and Latvia, N115.9 billion.

Mid final yr, the Affiliation of Grasp Baker’s and Caterers of Nigeria (AMBCN) ordered its members to extend costs of bread and different gadgets by 30 per cent as a result of prevailing financial state of affairs within the nation that affected price of manufacturing,

The AMBCN additionally famous that the costs of key substances utilized in producing bread and different confectioneries have been skyrocketing every passing day.

It’s anticipated that with the escalation of the Russian-Ukraine battle, the worth of bread would improve even additional making bread out of attain for the frequent man whereas additionally forcing extra bread factories out of enterprise because of excessive price of manufacturing and low patronage from customers of bread on account of little or no disposable revenue.

The Chief Govt Officer, Centre for the Promotion of Personal Enterprise (CPPE), Dr. Muda Yusuf, advised THISDAY that Ukraine and Russia are main producers of wheat as they account for about 30 per cent of the worldwide wheat export. Yusuf identified that wheat is a significant uncooked materials for the manufacturing of flour, which is used for bread and another confectionaries.

He mentioned: “Subsequently, the present improvement goes to disrupt the availability of wheat within the world market. There’s due to this fact a threat of a hike in the price of wheat which can have an effect on the worth of flour and a knock-on impact on the worth of bread and different confectioneries.”

He nonetheless acknowledged that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has profound and multidimensional implications for the Nigerian financial system, particularly if it will get protracted.

“These embrace the escalation of vitality costs [diesel, aviation fuel, kerosene and gas], mounting petrol import and subsidy invoice and the aggravation of petrol smuggling. There are additionally vital macroeconomic outcomes which embrace heighten fiscal deficit, rising debt ranges, spike in debt service funds, cash provide development, trade price depreciation and extra intense inflationary pressures.

“Moreover, the price of flour, value of bread and different confectioneries may additionally take successful. The abstract is that if the battle is protracted, these can be the draw back dangers to the Nigerian financial system,” he mentioned.

He argued additional that the bilateral discussions between the federal authorities and the Russian authorities on the resuscitation of Ajaokuta Metal Plant by the Russians that had progressed considerably earlier than the pandemic disruption, may undergo setback due to the torrent of sanctions towards Russia.

“Nigeria additionally imports substantial quantity of wheat which might additionally undergo some disruption and affect on costs,” he mentioned.

The instant previous Chairman, Agricultural Group, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Trade (LCCI), Africanfarmer Mogaji, mentioned Nigeria can be affected by the present disaster between Russia and Ukraine, as a result of Russia may be very key in wheat export to Nigeria, plus the truth that Nigeria doesn’t have any native various to function a backup.

Mogaji added that there are totally different forms of wheat used for various functions, saying that the majority firms wish to rely upon Russia for his or her wheat necessities due to the output.