The Poultry Association of Nigeria (PAN) has called on the Federal Government to speed up actions to restore full security of farmers across the country.
National President of PAN, Ezekiel Mam, made this observation on Monday in Abuja while speaking on the current state of the poultry industry at a conference.
Mam listed security challenges facing the industry to include banditry and kidnapping in the Northeast, and cattle rustling and robbery, among others, in the Middle Belt regions of Nigeria.
He observed that weak security has been a major obstacle to the country’s goal of attaining food security and self-sufficiency.
The national president explained that the security situation in the country had become overwhelming, most especially in the northern region where grains are largely produced.
He noted that for over 10 years farming had become difficult in the Northeast, particularly in Borno State, due to security challenges.
Mam said, “Once farmers cannot feel free and safe to go to their farms, invariably it will result in low food production because nobody will take the risk to farm. This will affect our goal of achieving food sufficiency and security.
“So, security is the number one thing because people should naturally feel free. If we don’t have such security in the next two to three years, it is going to be difficult for people in towns and cities to access food.
“This is because if food is not coming from the farm, you can imagine what our situation will be in the urban centres.”
Mam called for synergy between the government, security agencies, traditional rulers, religious leaders and the elite to ensure that farmers freely move to their farms without any fear.
He assured that if the security concerns were taken care of, achieving national food security and self-sufficiency would be easier.
“We request and pray for the government to create favourable and enabling policies to encourage agricultural production as enunciated by Mr President,” he said.
The poultry association leader, therefore, urged the government to a proffer a permanent solution to the security issues bedevilling the country.