Agric experts urge FG to stop killing of farmers by bandits
The Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE), a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, at the weekend, called for collaborative efforts among the three tiers of government to stop the daily killings of Nigerian farmers by bandits across the country.
The group said the trend had resulted to the dearth of food production, which might snowball into unpredictable hunger crisis, nation wide.
NIAE’s National Chairman, Prof. Folarin Alonge, disclosed this at a press conference in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
Alonge urged governments and non- governmental agencies to curb food insecurity by driving towards diversifying the nation’s economy through agriculture for rural development, with much zeal in transforming the Nigerian economy through the promotion of agricultural programmes.
He highlighted some of the bail out of food insecurity to include “adequate funding of research and development, romoting locally developed technologies in our various tertiary and research institutions, exploring Smart farming and Precision Agriculture for agricultural activities, encouraging climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies as well as urgent need for training, research and investment in agricultural produce value addition and agripreneurship, all to ensure food and fodder security, aimed at achieving food security for the nations’ teeming population.
Prof. Alonge said these were parts of several recommendations made by the body of engineers at the end of its 22 international conference and 42nd annual general meeting, held in Asaba, with theme: “Innovative Agricultural Mechanization and Rural Development for Economic Transformation and Food Security”
The national chairman who applauded over 200 delegates who attended the conference from across the 36 states including the federal capital territory (FCT), Abuja, said that all stakeholders from the various MDAs, private organisations and researchers needed to unite in order to achieve the desired economic transformation, even as he acknowledged inadequate funding of research and development in all areas of agriculture.