Farmers in Nigeria have raised the alarm over what they said could trigger food scarcity in 2021 if intervention agencies in the country failed to release funds to farmers at the appropriate time.
A group known as the Nigerian Farmers Group and Cooperative Society NFGCS and its affiliate body, NFGCS Farms LTD, through a statement by its national coordinator, Mrs Retson Tedheke, said farmers barely have three months to the end of the wet season and only less than 10% of what is needed to boost food production has been disbursed.
He said this is not healthy for a country with a population of well over two hundred million, describing the situation as worrisome, given the Buhari’s administration policy on food security. He added that such could be inimical to the country’s economy that has already been over burden by the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Mr. Tedheke, “Majority of Government agro and farm intervention agencies have not released funds for 2020 wet season farming to farmers.
“This is August and we barely have three months of rain left and less than 10% of what is needed has been disbursed.”
He said: “In a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, in a year of low rainfall and in a year that farmers should be supported to get Nigeria out of a certain economic downturn, I wonder why we are not taking actions against things that would jeopardize the agriculture revolution policy of the country.”