Nigeria at Risk of Food Shortage
The National President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria(AFAN) Arc Kabir Ibrahim, has warned that the current high level of insecurity plaguing the country will lead to food shortage in 2021.
According to a statement by the AFAN president, entitled “The Nexus between Insecurity and Food Security: AFAN Experience,” he lamented that every part of the country is currently grappling with its own form of insecurity, that the most vulnerable segment of the society bearing the brunt of the insecurity is the small holder farmers(SHFs), who are the engine room of food production in Nigeria.
He stated that; “The aggregate food production by the SHFs is the bedrock on which the food system rests in Nigeria, therefore extreme care should be taken to offer them the necessary protection to continue the assiduous work to feed the nearly 200 million mouths in Nigeria today.
“The farmers cannot readily access their farms in the North East, North West and a good part of the North Central which constitute the food basket of the country, so it is absolutely necessary to secure the farmlands and the farmers who work on the land.
“The incidents of burning of police stations in the South East, the farmer/herder conflicts in the South West and the kidnappings and general insecurity in the South South portend food shortage in the whole nation in 2021 and this therefore calls for concerted effort from all and sundry, government most of all.
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“For Nigeria to avoid the impending fragility and national catastrophe’, the insecurity situation occasioned by Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping and the IPOB menace has to be tackled decisively.
“The Armed forces are clearly overstretched in this fight going by the spread of the insecurity all over the country.
“It is now everybody’s responsibility to make the country livable by securing the nooks and crannies of the nation through improvisations and even disruptive innovation where needed!”
He also spoke on the recent release of Annual Flood Outlook by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency(NIHSA)
“The effect of flooding during the 2020 farming season going by the experience of Kebbi, Jigawa and Anambra States could be very threatening to the food system so a deliberate effort should be put in place to mitigate a reoccurrence as predicted by NIMET and the Directorate of hydrological Services of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
“Farmers should be incentivised to do three cropping seasons in most of the flood prone areas to make up for the shortfall sprouting from the perennial flooding.
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