Urged on FG to declare state of emergency in Nigeria’s agricultural sector

Gilbert Ekugbe

Stakeholders have called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the country’s agricultural sector to prevent the country’s economy from experiencing further hunger.

They pointed out that the exponential food crisis and the alarming food prices in the country’s markets are causing serious concern on the part of the government.

They further warned that if left unchecked, the announcement by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) that 19 million Nigerians are currently living in poverty could be doubled and multiplied unless disruptive, innovative and strict supervision of milestones with defined deadlines by then and 2023 are implemented sustainably.

Stakeholders who spoke to THISDAY on the phone were the former National Chairman of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr. Kabir Ibrahim; AFAN Lagos Chapter President and South West Regional Coordinator, Dr. Femi Oke; the former Managing Director of LCCI and Managing Director of the Center for the Promotion of Private Enterprise (CPPE), Dr. Muda Yusuf and the Managing Director of the African Center for the Supply Chain (ACSC), Dr. Obiora Madu.

Ibrahim said Nigerian agriculture is at a crossroads and needs urgent solutions.

He explained that Nigeria’s population explosion, the COVID-19 pandemic, general insecurity, emerging laziness in policy implementation and lack of cohesion are currently “threat factors” for production, food processing, distribution and consumption in the country.

Lana T. Arthur