Expert seeks govt intervention in agriculture to boost food security

Pic by Neil Palmer (CIAT). Twitter: @NeilCIAT. Maize crops in Malawi, which are suffering from the worst drought in three decades. Contact n.palmer@cgiar.org

The inflation rate for food commodity in Nigeria may not improve before the end of the year unless urgent steps are taken to tackle insecurity and other factors impeding agriculture, stakeholders in the sector have warned.

The above position was stated by the National President of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Kabir Ibrahim, who identified poor farming activities and lack of access to credit facilities as other factors threatening food security in the country.

The AFAN boss called on the Federal Government to consider evidence-based policies and programmes, learn from interventions and other countries that have been successful.

He said: “We don’t even have a policy for agriculture up till now, the one we had expired, we must work our talk in agriculture, and target the real farmers, we must move towards agricultural investment, mechanisation, quality seed and amend our water resources for dry season farming.

“With the prevailing skyrocketing food prices, if the 2021 harvest is not a bumper, it is going to be more costly to feed ourselves further.”

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