Some aggrieved stakeholders in the agriculture sector have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to intensify efforts in curbing banditry, kidnapping and terrorism, saying these can threaten food security.
The stakeholders appealed to President Buhari in separate interviews with newsmen yesterday in Abuja.
They noted that the recent increase in kidnapping and banditry had made many farmers run from their farmlands in search of safe hideouts.
According to the Executive Secretary, National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA), Paul Ikonne, there was a need to urgently address the country’s worsening insecurity to overcome the food shortage challenge.
Ikonne noted that dialogue remained critical in addressing issues of insecurity and herders, adding that a peaceful dialogue between farmers and herders would prevent future clashes.
The National President, Maize Association of Nigeria, Bello Abubakar, said maize farmers in the country were producing enough to meet maize’s demand in Nigeria.
Abubakar, however, stated that more needed to be done to sustain the achievement, noting that one of such was to provide a good environment for farmers. He said to achieve the desired environment, kidnapping, banditry, and terrorism must stop.
Similarly, the Executive Director of Women Farmers Advancement Network, Salamatu Garba, explained that despite the continued deterioration of the country’s insecurity, farmers across the country toiled hard to ensure food availability.
Also, the National Chairman of Rice Millers Association of Nigeria, Peter Dama, noted that “the issue of insecurity, importation of food items grown in the country, should be stopped, saying, “Nigerians have the responsibility of safeguarding the investments and economy of this nation for our progress”.