By Lilian Ibomor
Policies favourable to agriculture will not only boost food production but will equally attract youths in the country to engage in farming.
Chairman Sustainable Farmers Association of Nigeria SUFAN, Southwest Zone, Mr Matthew Ogunmodede, stated this at the 15th annual Farmer’s Forum, a programme facilitated by the Justice Development and Peace Commission, JDPC, Ibadan.
Mr Ogunmode explained that food security should not be a critical issue if the government at all levels address factors militating against maximum utilization of the vast arable lands in the country, and the involvement of teeming youths in farming.
Southwest Zone SUFAN chairman pointed out particularly that governors in the region needed to address issues of road network, inadequate storage facilities and irrigation system, which are necessary for farmers in the Southwest to compete favourably with their counterparts in the North.
Mr Ogunmodede added that the availability of these facilities would make farming very attractive to youths in the region.
In a goodwill message, the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese, Ibadan, Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin urged the government to address incessant attacks, invasion and destruction of crops, which were seriously affecting farmers.
Archbishop Abegurin said Nigerians should continue to pray fervently for the government in its efforts to tackle insecurity and other issues bedevilling the country.
Among those in attendance at the event were representatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp, NSCDC, the Miyetti Allah and Traditional rulers.