The President of Ag-ricultural and Allied Employees’ Union of Nigeria, AAEUN, Comrade Simon Anchaver has warned that Nigeria was at the verge of experiencing a major food crisis if something urgent was not done to stem the lingering security challenges in parts of the northern states.
He lamented that aside the drop in the quantum of food production in the north, the situation has been made worst by the failure of transporters to move available food crops from the affected states to other parts of the country for fear of being attacked.
The AAEUN President who made this assertion yesterday while playing host to selected members of the organised labour in Benue State and members of the Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ, Radio Benue Chapter, said something has to be done urgently to address the unfortunate development.
Comrade Anchaver also implored government to show more commitment to addressing the challenges facing the agricultural sector “because we are tired of this too much talk”.
He urged the Federal Government to “come out with a well laid out road map that would engender total transformation of Nigeria’s agricultural sector in order to boost agricultural production in the country and also meet the food needs of Nigeria’s fast growing population”.
He lamented that Nigeria has no business importing food items from Europe and America in the face of the arable land and immense natural and agricultural endowments that have remained untapped by successive governments in the country.
”Nigeria has no business importing food from Europe and America or any part of the world. We have been endowed enough to cater for our food needs in this country, but unfortunately government programmes and policies that were geared towards boosting food production for local consumption and export are never diligently implemented, that is why we cannot reap the benefits of such policies”, he said.
Comrade Anchaver also charged the state and federal governments to encourage dry season farming in all parts of the country as a means of boosting food production in the country.
He further called the introduction of a specialized salary structure for agricultural and allied workers to boost the morale of workers in the sector and also galvanize activities in the sector.