FARMER TO GOVERNMENT – INVEST MORE ON AGRICULTURE TO GUARANTEE FOOD SECURITY IN NIGERIA
Poor funding, lack of basic infrastructure and insecurity have been identified as major hindrances confronting the Nigeria in her quest for a zero hunger world by 2030.
A farmer, Elder IkechukwuNwatu, stated this in Enugu while interacting with Radio Nigeria on the occasion of the 2018 World Food Day.
Elder Nwatu, a rice farmer, believed that achieving a hunger free world was possible, but expressed regret that government at all levels were not matching words with action in the implementation of various policies geared towards achieving food security in Nigeria.
“Any country that look down on farmers will never succeed … farmers don’t have security in the sense that when we farm, herdsmen will bring their cows and whenever they enter into somebody’s farm, they will just destroy the farms,” Nwatulamemted.
Elder Nwatu maintained that the insecurity arising from the herders-farmers conflicts would make achieving food security in the country a mirage.
The Food and Agricultural Organization designated October 16, annually as World Food Day to raise awareness on the need to ensure food security to guarantee universal access to high quality food that can lead to active and healthy lives in the world.
The theme of this year’s event is “Our Actions are Our Future: A Zero Hunger World by 2030 is Possible.”