Food security: traditional leader urges accelerated investment in agricultural sector

1 Traditional Chief of Ishi Ubomiri Autonomous Community, Mbaitoli Council Region in Imo, Eze George Ekeh has called for accelerated investment in agriculture to ensure food security.

2 Ekeh made the call during his community’s 2022 New Yam Festival, held at his palace on Monday.

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3 News Agency of Nigeria reports that the annual event, which is usually attended by all 19 villages in the community, is held to thank God for the bumper harvest and showcase the people’s culture to the rest of the world.

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4 Ekeh, who is also chairman of the Imo Exporters League, said the agriculture sector was critical to Nigeria’s economy, adding that neglecting it would aggravate the food crisis and aggravate the problem of youth unemployment.

5 “My community is famous for its agricultural activities and as a traditional leader, I practice active farming.

6 “If the government at all levels can sit down and give more importance to agriculture, it will improve food security, generate income for the country and provide jobs for young people,” he said.

seven He however deplored the resurgence of insecurity, negatively affecting agricultural activities in rural areas, with some traditional chiefs living outside their domain.

8 He called on politicians to avoid do-or-die politics but rather play by the rules to preserve Nigeria’s hard-won democracy.

9 The Chief Executive, Mezie Mbaitoli Youth Foundation for the Poor, an NGO, Mr Stanley Mezie, said that they have prepared packages to help interested young people in the region to engage in active farming for increased food production .

ten He described Eze Ekeh as a true guardian of the culture and tradition of his people and urged the community to help him move the region forward.

11 NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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