Nationalist Bola Ahmed Tinubu has pointed out a vital factor in the war against terror and criminality.
Asiwaju Tinubu noted that“in the war against terror and criminality, the nation must protect its ability to feed its people”
The national leader of the ruling party – All Progressives Congress – who insists that “Agricultural players cannot feed the nation an fight evil actors ay the same time, we must decide whether our farmland an grazing areas are to be battlegrounds or they are to return to their role of feeding the nation”, however, provided solution to the development with an eight – point blue print that reads..
“… First and foremost, good Nigerians must stop fighting each other so that we can present a united front against the common violent threat
“Second, in the war against terror and criminality, the nation must protect its ability to feed its people. The military must begin to revise their strategies so that agricultural communities are better protected.
“This will enable higher food production, thereby reducing hunger and poverty. Even with these changes, we also must do better with food security. We must produce more and be more efficient in bringing the increase to market.
“Third, during this moment of food scarcity, we must launch a programme to expand production of food staples. The concept of ‘agricultural sustainability’ advocates food production in a way that makes the optimal use of existing technical capacities by focusing on the most appropriate genotypes of seeds and livestock for our environment.”
“Here, both state and federal governments must subsidise the restart of agricultural activity interrupted by terror and criminality. These actions will serve to tame food scarcity and price inflation in the short run.
“Fourth, we must improve farm-to-market delivery. Government must invest in improving farm to market transportation networks. This will reduce the amount of wastage and reduce costs by ensuring more food reaches the marketplace and the dinner table.
“Toward this objective of reducing waste, constructing storage facilities for perishable items in important marketplaces across the country would be prudent.
“Fifth, over the longer run, we must battle the consequences of climate change. We must make better use of water and safeguard this finite resource. We must envision water catchment systems to mitigate the effects of drought-and-flood cycles brought about by climate change. Small-scale irrigation projects using technology and equipment that can be maintained by the local farmer are necessary.
“Sixth, development of strong ‘Green Wall’ to slow the encroachment of the desert is urgently needed. Creation of such environmental infrastructure will provide jobs while also halting the dislocation of people that have been at the centre of much of the farmer-herder predicament.
“Seventh, we must bolster our strategic grain reserves by modernising and building additional grain silos.”
“Eight, increased productivity through greater mechanized farming will advance food security. We have one of the lowest incidents of mechanized farming in the world. Governments must work with local communities to establish farm cooperatives that will increase mechanization of agricultural production. The cooperatives should be structured in a way to finance more productive farm equipment which cooperative members can use on a time share basis.
“Last and most humanely, we must do more to secure the basic hopes and aspirations of the local farmer that he can live more than a life of toil in penury. Let us return to the commodity boards or similar arrangements that guarantee minimum prices and thus income for farmers of strategic crops.”
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu made the vital observation and solution in his acceptance speech at the 23- 25th convocation ceremonies of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi where he was honored with a Honorary Doctorate Degree on April 24, 2021.
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