‘Food scarcity Looms‘
••• All hands must be on deck to check the excesses of herdsmen who use their cows to destroy farm lands across the country
The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Prof. Felix Kolawole Salako, has warned that all hands must be on deck to check the excesses of herdsmen who use their cows to destroy farm lands across the country to avoid food scarcity
Salako, who spoke in a chat with The Nation, lamented that the activities of bandits and herdsmen were assuming a dangerous dimension that should be checked, because a lot of farmers, particularly cassava farmers, were losing their produce to herdsmen.
The don regretted that most of these farmers were suffering in silence and fast losing their farm lands, noting that the majority of them were forced to harvest their cassava before maturation for fear of losing it to rampaging cows.
The expert in soil science explained that the country is blessed with fertile soil that if well harnessed is a comparative advantage that could translate to good agricultural yield at the end of each planting season. He called for a comprehensive programme that will integrate job seekers in the country.
“The government should invest in soil survey and evaluation which is the hall mark of a good agricultural return in the long run. This is the time we should go all out to do this so that we can secure the future of the country regarding food.”
He urged parents to be up and doing in close monitoring of their children to have a better society, noting that the youth need ethical reorientation because abnormalities look normal in their thinking, hence youth waywardness is very rampant in the society.