The Delta State chapter of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), has called for improved funding of the agricultural sector to guarantee food security across the country.
This call was made by Elder Eugene Jacob, immediate past Chairman of the association, Elder Eugene in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT in Warri, he said that the call had become imperative in view of the lingering food shortages in the country.
According to him, “food crisis was the worst form of crisis hence the need for the government at all levels to urgently fund agriculture.”
He also urged the government to assist farmers with modern equipment noting that farming had gone beyond the crude method of using cutlasses and hoes to the use of machines.
Elder Jacob, who is also a former National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of AFAN, said that Nigeria was blessed with good arable land and favourable weather to boost agricultural yields stressing that adequate funding would ultimately address the prevailing food shortages.
He added, “the food shortages in the country can only be addressed when the government does the needful by providing farmers with funds and equipment.”
He spoke further, “government is not doing enough in funding agriculture. Every human being must eat. So there is a need for the government and stakeholders to collaborate to fund agriculture.
“Farming, aside from providing food can also create a lot of employment. The trained farmers can be engaged and train more people in farming in the society.”
Elder Jacob further noted, “we can produce enough food that will crash the prices of foodstuffs in the market if the right thing is done. Hunger is around and it could cause havoc if care is not taken.”
The immediate past Chairman of AFAN in Delta State advised the government to assist farmers with funds and incentives that would enable them to engage most of the idle youth, adding, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop, we need to engage them to channel their strength into a productive use because it is easier to prevent crime than to cure it.”
Source: Daily Independent