Farmers Association Tasks Stakeholders On Food Security

Farmers Association Tasks Stakeholders On Food Security
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A national farmers group, Nationwide Association for Promotion of Agriculture and Food Security, NAPAFS, has appealed to the three tiers of government as well as traditional rulers to come together for mass food security for the country.

Unvealing a mass food production programme for the North Central zone in Abuja at the weekend, the Executive Secretary of NAPAFS, Dr Joseph Okim, said, both government and the traditional rulers have a great role in securing the welfare of both citizens farmers if the desire mass food production goal was to be attained.

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Dr Okim, thus appealed for both the authorities, traditional rulers and farmers to put the desire synergies to stem out the threat farmers are currently undergoing through.

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He stated that diversification of Nigeria’s economy through strategic and inclusive agricultural approah was needed to return the national food demands of Nigeria back to the forefront of the economy before the oil boom.

While praising the Federal Government for removing all the barriers, multiple taxes and extortion farmers and agro-allied traders were going through, he
said the renew partnership between farmers, government and traditional rulers who are the custodians of both land and the youths was the best way to encourage mass food production to boost the economy.

Dr Okim therefore, appealed for a comprehensive security architecture that guarantee the safety of both farmers and their farm produce.

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He reinterated the international intervention from Her Majesty, the Queen of Shebah111, Queen Debra Amelia, the President of African Kingdom Federation, AKF, and the international community to bring the farmers plights to rapid attention by stakeholders.

NAPAFS, he informed has taken farming beyond mere tiling the soil, burying the seedlings and nursing it to maturity to mechanize, research oriented and attractive profitable business venture.

The Queen of Shebah, Dr Debra Amelia who addressed the gathering, assured Nigerians farmers of support for massive food production.

She urged traditional rulers to make good use of their chiefdoms to boost food security.

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Stakeholders who graced the event including traditional rulers: the representative of the Onah of Abaji, Alhaji Adamu Baba Inusah, and Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Bayero, top government functionaries and farmers drawn from the country.

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